ISLAMABAD - Senate Standing Committee on Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis found serious irregularities in OPF housing schemes and directed the authorities to cancel illegal allotments at the earliest. The committee, which met at Parliament House on Wednesday under Chairmanship of Senator Naeem Hussain Chattha, has vowed to make all out efforts to protect the right of the Pakistani living overseas and contributing to the national exchequer in the foreign exchange. The committee termed the overseas Pakistani a valuable asset and urged the government to take steps for their welfare so that they may feel comfortable and work efficiently to bring good name to the homeland. The committee observed that the development work on Islamabad Housing Scheme should be expedited and the boundary wall should be constructed as soon as possible. The committee, however, endorsed the view of the ministry and the OPF that increase in fee for intending emigrants from Rs 1050 to Rs 2000 was inevitable due to the current level of inflation and price hike. Regarding status of recruitment by Overseas Employment Corporation to South Korea, the Committee urged the Ministry of Labour to send more workforce so that people may avail working opportunities in South Korea and contribute to the economy of the country. Earlier, the senior officials of the ministry and its attached departments apprised the committee of the reasons why OPF has increased fee for the intending emigrants and the status of the Islamabad housing Scheme. The meeting was attended by Senators Fauzia Fakhur-uz-Zaman, Muhammad Enver Baig, Sahibzada Khalid Jan, Saleem Saifullah Khan, senior officials of the ministry and OPF and others.