ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Capital Administration and Development (CAD) has expressed its disquiet over non-payment of stipend to 500 women in Pashin, Balochistan, under the Waseel-a-Haq Programme of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) for the last many months.

The committee that met on Monday directed the BISP officials to open franchise of banks at the union council levels for the payments of instalments. The Committee members suggested the BISP DG Jahangir Alam Chohan to adopt convenient ways for the payments to the women, especially in Balochistan, and to employ maximum people in the province under the programme.

The committee was also informed that 118 appointments made in the Federal Government Services Hospital (Polyclinic) were not transparent therefore appointment letters issued to a few employees were cancelled.

The hospital officials said former executive director tried to appoint people against the rules but the posts will be advertised again when the ban is lifted. Regarding the extension plan of the hospital, the committee was informed that the matters related to Golf Club and G-14 Park are being heard in the court and two-and-a-half acre of land plot’s financial value is over Rs 50 million.

Committee Chairperson Kalsoom Parveen regretted that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has allotted sectors to private hospitals but for a government hospital it has been delaying the allotment of a park for the extension. She directed the CDA to allot the park free of cost or on concessional rates. Later, the committee unanimously recommended the CDA to allot the land to the hospital free of cost.

The chairperson regretted that thousands of patients visit the hospital daily but they are provided spurious drugs and usually the machines remain out of order.

She said the details of the tendering process of the medicines be conveyed to the committee.

The members also asked the officials to clear the payments of medical stores so that the patients can get medicines on time and register more medical stores instead of depending on specific medical stores.