ISLAMABAD (APP) - National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence Production Tuesday recommended injecting a grant of US $250 million to the countrys mother defence industry - Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF) - to overhaul her aging production units. The call came soon after the committee members, headed by Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, had a day-long visit to the POF during which POF Chairman Lt Gen Shujaat Zamir Dar briefed them about the complex. The committee was of the unanimous view that the government should make necessary arrangements for providing funds to the essential sectors like defence and defence production. Terming POF the lifeline for the countrys defence, it vowed to make every effort to help meeting the challenges faced by the complex. The visiting MNAs were informed that US $250m were needed for overhauling and revamping the machinery of various units in two three phases. During the question-answer session, the POF chairman said despite all the odds, POF was able to fulfil Pakistans defence requirements. He also expressed his concerns over steep rise in inflation and power tariffs on which committee suggested to take immediate steps on war-footings. Later, Sheikh Aftab told a selected group of journalists that the issues pertaining to the POF needed to be immediate attention to make it not only a financially viable institution but also ensuring that it was continued production for the armed forces. He said the committee would also recommend granting the POF an autonomous status as envisaged in the 1961 Ordnance of the factory. He also appreciated the role played by the govt terming it as heroic one. Other committee members including Mrs Fouzia Ejaz Khan, Muzaffarul Mulk, Sher Muhammad Baloch, Nazeer Bhutta, Akhunzada Chitan and Moazzam Ali Khan Jatoi also accompanied Sheikh Aftab Ahmed.