Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has said that the government is aware of the issues being faced in the housing sector especially with regards to the provision of official accommodation to the government employees in the federal capital and the provincial headquarters.

While chairing a briefing on Housing and Works Ministry at the PM’s Office on Wednesday, the PM said that the PTI-government’s flagship program of construction of 5 million houses in the next five years would help in addressing the issue of shortage of official accommodation Housing and Works Minister Ch Tariq Bashir Cheema, Housing Secretary Dr Imran Zeb and senior officials of the ministry also attended the briefing.

Imran Khan also expressed concern over the under-utilization of the human resource and expertise available with various organisations of the Housing Ministry and directed that a comprehensive plan should be prepared to ensure optimum utilisation of the available resources.

The housing secretary briefed the PM about the functions of the ministry and the attached departments, including Pakistan Public Works Department, Estate Office, National Housing Authority, Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and National Construction Limited.

He also shared the achievements of the various organisations with regards to their mandated functions. The PM was also informed that all efforts were being made to ensure complete transparency in the process of allotment of official accommodations while efforts were also afoot to get official accommodations vacated from illegal occupation.

Imran Khan was further informed that currently the Housing Ministry was facing a shortfall of 26,724 units at various stations. The secretary also highlighted various issues that other departments of the ministry were facing.