ISLAMABAD - Washing away the wishful expectations of some 75 officers and officials working on deputation in the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday directed that deputationists shall henceforth no longer be entitled to allotment of residential plot in Islamabad.

According to a press statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, “This decision will come into force with immediate effect.”

The decision came following a detailed presentation made by the CDA Chairman to the premier on several developmental projects of the Authority here at Prime Minister’s House.

In year 2005, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has defined the eligibility criteria for allotment of plot to some officer/official working on deputation in CDA while disposing of a petition in this regard.

As per criteria, an officer/official having 10 years of service in some government’s department and one-year service in CDA would be eligible for a residential plot.

In the light of aforementioned decision, some plots were given to deputationists, who had moved the apex court, in Sector I-8 out of 20 per cent of the CDA’s quota in the Sector.

Currently, in civic body some 41 officers of BS-16 and above and some 34 officials of BS-1 to 15 are working on deputation.

The press statement further stated that the Prime Minister also took notice of the failure of CDA to get approval of the revised cost of construction of the Kashmir Highway from Central Development Working Party and ECNEC.

Besides directing the Chairman CDA to hold an inquiry into the matter to determine the persons responsible for this violation, the premier directed for its earlier approval from the competent forum.

“Those responsible for this should be proceeded against”, directed the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also sought a detailed report over the mushrooming growth of Katchi Abadis and encroachments in the federal capital.

The Prime Minister said that unless CDA generated more financial resources, it would not be able to provide better services to the people. He directed the Chairman CDA that while ensuring transparency it should focus efforts on increasing revenues. In this connection, he urged the Chairman CDA to come up with out of the box proposals.

The Prime Minister also directed the Chairman CDA to discuss the fate of sector I-15 in its Board meeting and send recommendations to the government so that there could be some movement on this count.  

The Prime Minister emphasized on the need for cleanliness in the city and directed the Authority to start an awareness campaign to make Islamabad a model city, which can be emulated by the rest of the country.

Those who attended the meeting included Dr. Abdul Hafiz Sheikh, Minister for Finance and senior officials of the government.