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Pakistan hands control of five federal ministries to provinces

ISLAMABAD: With the formal notification of the devolution of five federal ministries to the provinces, the administrative control of these ministries has been handed over to Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces, official sources said here Wednesday.

Following the notification the Ministry of Population Welfare, some of its offices such as the District Population Welfare Office Islamabad and Regional Training Institute (Population Welfare) Islamabad, have come under the administrative control of the Islamabad Chief Commissioner with immediate effect.

According to a spokesman, Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Pirzada was on Wednesday given a detailed briefing on the working of these devolved departments by District Population Welfare Officer Ali Gohar and Regional Training Institute Principal Dr Nilofer Sohail.

The detailed briefing included information on the working of the District Population Welfare Office and Regional Training Institute, including their budgetary allocations, performance of the departments, administrative matters, number of staff and assets pertaining to these departments.

The chief commissioner said that since these departments had come under the administrative control of the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration, he would shortly pay a visit to these departments. He directed the officials concerned to put forward useful proposals for giving a further boost to the programmes of population welfare in the area.

The meeting was informed that presently 29 family welfare centres, one mobile service unit, 22 social mobilisers and each population welfare centre in the PIMS and Federal Government Services Hospital are working in the Islamabad Capital Territory. Besides this, the Regional Training Institute Islamabad is also imparting training to hundreds of technical and non-technical staff annually.

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