LAHORE - The matter to issue computerised green number plates to the vehicles of more than 50 provincial and federal departments, considered as semi government entities, seems to be held in abeyance as the Interior ministry Punjab has denied to issue NOC to the Excise and Taxation Department Punjab in this regard. The PCB, IB, LESCO, PEMRA, Lahore Secondary Board, Election Commission of Pakistan, Sheikh Zaid Hospital, Services Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram, Lady Wallington Hospital, Mayo Hospital, Higher Education Commission, WAPDA and others are among those applied for issuance of computerised number plates one year back. But they are still waiting for favourable decision. Insider in E & T department revealed that the Interior ministry in its letter to E & T department said that the government departments associated with S & GAD were entitled to have the computerised green number plates for the official vehicles. It said that Punjab governments, during different regime, formed a number of authorities and agencies to carry out different development projects. "These entities being autonomous bodies have their own operations regarding finance and management. They are free to make decisions as per their derived policy. On this basis, they could not be declared government entities, hence could not be enjoyed the perks and privilege being enjoyed by pure government departments," the letter stated. Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Mehmood has constituted a committee to address the issue. The committee comprises secretary Excise and Taxation Department Punjab as its chairman and representatives of home department, law department and police department. It will present its report in a week to CS Punjab who will forward the recommendations to Interior Minister Punjab to take appropriate decision. Sources said that if the Interior department remained unmoved over the matter, E & T department would issue different colour number plates instead of green number plates. It may be recalled that last year government departments were also stopped to use vehicles bearing green number plates but later ban was lifted. Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, the chief justice of the Lahore High Court, banned from July 1, 2007 onwards the use of green number plates on Punjab government vehicles. LHC ordered Punjab government to stop using green number plates and should use number plates prescribed by the Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965 and the relevant Motor Vehicles Rules 1969. It termed notification issued by the Punjab Home Department on March 6, 2007, as unlawful and told the home secretary to amend the notification according to the Motor Vehicle Rules 1969, wherein it permitted government-owned vehicles to use green number plates. The Punjab government submitted a civil appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the judgment of the Lahore High Court decreeing illegal all green number plates. The government maintained in appeal that cancellation of the use of green number plates and revolving lights on government vehicles would damage the protocol of government servants. The government further pointed out that it would be difficult to differentiate between government vehicles and private cars during important assignments. The computerised number plates were introduced in Punjab in 2006. The system was introduced to eliminate the discretionary powers enjoyed by ET Department officials and its agents. The government, for the purpose, purchased 9,00,000 blank number plates from a German company. The plate for a four-wheeler costs Rs 500 while a two-wheeler's plate costs Rs 350. Each plate has a five-year warranty.