islamabad - Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq yesterday said that Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services should not be confined to the National Assembly and Senate only; rather it should involve all provincial and legislative assemblies.

Chairing the meeting of board of governors, he said that presently PIPS is providing training facilities to the NA and Senate Secretariat employees.

Speaker Balochistan Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani apprised the participants about the lack of capacity of Provincial Assembly Secretariat employees in legislative drafting, particularly in committee system and underlined the need for training in these departments.

The NA speaker said the institute would conduct workshops in legislative drafting and committee system for the employees of provincial assemblies and assured his all-out support in this regard.

Discussing new appointments, the participants agreed to review the human resource policy in recruitment of new candidates and merit should be the yardstick for recruitment. It was also decided to review and improve the job descriptions and responsibilities of the employees currently working in the PIPS.

Talking about appointment of executive director of PIPS, the meeting was informed that around fifty five applications were received for the said vacancy, which has been compiled. The final selection will be made by the governing body of the institute.

The speaker National Assembly directed to constitute a committee to scrutinise the applications and submit its recommendation to the governing body.

He also instructed to ensure complete transparency and adherence to merit in the process. The post of ED fell vacant after the death of former ED Saleem Mehmood Saleem.

The meeting was attended by Speaker Balochistan Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Senators Farhatullah Babar, Rubina Khalid and Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, and MNAs Syed Naveed Qamar, Zahid Hamid, Shafqat Mahmood, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Marriyum Aurangzeb and Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan. The secretaries of Senate and National Assembly Secretariats and acting ED of PIPS were also present in the meeting.