ISLAMABAD: Agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan economy so efforts should be made to increase the productivity of agriculture sector on priority basis so that full potential of this very important sector is utilized. This was said by Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo Advisor to Prime Minister on Industries and Production while chairing 4th Board of Directors meeting of NPO (National Productivity Organization) on Thursday.
He also directed the NPO to look into the possibility of providing consultancy services to the owners of agriculture farms and major industrial units so that their productivity can be increased. Earlier, Mr. Tariq Bajwa Chief NPO while briefing Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo about the functions and mandate of the NPO told that the basic function of NPO is to act as a catalyst for increasing productivity of the industry to achieve global competitiveness. He further told that Pakistan is the founding member of APO (Asian Productivity Organization) which was established in 1960.
Mr. Bajwa also briefed Mr. Wattoo about various projects of the NPO. He informed that NPO has launched a Teachers Training Programme in collaboration with provincial and federal governments. The Programme is underway in Punjab and Sindh and modalities are being finalized to launch the Programme in Balochistan and NWFP as well.
Mr. Wattoo especially instructed the NPO that Balochistan should be given preference in all NPO schemes. Mr. Bajwa also informed the meeting that NPO is planning to launch quality awards for the industry. Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo also directed NPO to work with training institutes e.g. NIPAs and Staff colleges etc. to rationalize government servants about the concept of productivity besides involving media to propagate the culture of productivity.-SANA