ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Friday said that the proposed act of winding up of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) is unconstitutional and of no legal effect and the Commission is allowed to continue to perform the positive duty of providing basic human rights to the citizens of Pakistan. A three-member SC bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez announced the verdict earlier reserved after hearing a set of identical pleas against the proposed closure of the NCHD and BECS project. The verdict, authored by the chief justice, allowed the petitioners and the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) to carry out the project to perform functions of providing the basic facility of education to the citizens. The National Commission for Human Development is striving for public betterment in the areas of primary education, literacy, income generating activities and health care etc. After the passage of the 18th amendment, the federal government initially handed over the projects to the provinces, but decided to close it down after the provinces refused to own it. Kamal Azfar, counsel for the NCHD, had stated that the government could not abdicate its constitutional responsibility under Article 25A to discontinue formal or informal education. He had stated that over 90 per cent students enrolled under the project were female.