ISLAMABAD - A cabinet committee on Friday recommended the government to abolish the Capital Administration and Development Division, saying various departments working under the control of CADD should be referred to the respective ministries.

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired the third meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Restructuring (CCoR) here on Friday. The meeting in the light of the recommendations put forth by the Cabinet Committee headed by Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal, examined the functioning of different federal government entities in the post-devolution scenario, also ascertaining the effectiveness of the incumbent parent bodies to manage and run these entities.

It was decided that the subjects related to education would be referred to ministry of federal education and professional training while health related institutions and hospitals would be given under the control of ministry of national health services, regulations and coordination.

All education related institutions functioning in 6 different ministries would be given under the control of federal education ministry.

There was in-depth review of spheres/subjects of health, tourism, sports, food, livestock which were devolved to the provinces after the 18th amendment and the concerned federal departments were then placed under different ministries/divisions/authorities.

The CCoR with consensus of the house recommended abolishment of CADD and also proposed to club textile division and commerce division under one umbrella of ministry of commerce.

The CCoR recommended that departments, which had outlived their utility, should cease to exist so that unnecessary burden on national exchequer could be taken off.

The meeting in case of a number of departments/entities decided to shift their administrative control to other suitable ministries/divisions to improve their performance.

The recommendation will be forwarded to the prime minister for approval.

He may approve it or take it to the Council of Common Interests to deliberate upon it further and develop a consensus as Sindh has reservations over health and education ministries constituted at the federal level after devolution.

The provinces believe that the Division should be strengthened instead of establishing new ministries after devolution of health and education to the provinces, informed a senior official at the CADD.

The federal government after devolution of power under the 18th amendment, had established the CADD as a ministry but later turned it into a division, headed by a state minster. Currently, around 17 departments of education, health and other subjects have been functioning under the Division.

The next meeting of CCoR is expected to take place soon and it will further deliberate on other important proposals for restructuring of government bodies. Particularly matters relating to ministries of science and technology and ports and shipping will come under discussion.

Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain, Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid and senior officials of different ministries and departments attended the meeting.