KARACHI - Senior Minister Pir Mazharul Haq assured the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday that the services of ad-hoc lecturers would not be terminated and they had been asked to appear in the test to be held by the Public Service Commission. "Once the candidates pass through the Public Service Commission test they would be provided permanent appointment, he said. Pir Mazhar's statement on the floor of the assembly came as a sigh of relief to hundreds of ad-hoc lecturers who recently protested in front of the assembly gate demanding permanent employment. The senior minister, who was giving statement under rule 215, said that 700 posts of lecturers would be filled through Public Service Commission test, adding that with permission of Chief Minister the date of test has been extended with a view to accommodate the ad-hoc lecturers. When the opposition PML (F) member Arif Mustafa Jatoi asked that what would happen to those lecturers who would fail to clear the Pubic Service Commission and asked would they not be given the appointment. At this point Sindh Information Minister Ms. Shazia Marri intervened and said was the member trying to question the competence of the ad-hoc lecturers. Pir Mazhar rebutting the opposition member said that Mr. Jatoi was trying to gain political mileage by making such a statement. Opposition PML (F) member Ms. Nusrat Abbasi drew the attention of the house towards non payment of stipend to thousands of youth who got three months training under Benazir Bhutto Youth Development Programme. She said that government should not make fun of the youth by not giving them the promised monthly stipend and sarcastically added that the ruling PPP is nullifying its own slogan of providing Roti (employment) to unemployed youth. This comment attracted sharp reaction from Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro who said that it was the policy of the PPP to provide and not to deny employment to the masses and particularly the deserving one. He said in Larkana and other districts government was giving Rs4000/- to Rs10,000/- stipend to each youth and also was providing them technical training. He said that stipend is being given to those whose monthly attendance is over 90 percent and only those were making noises who did not have required percentage of attendance on the register. Sindh Minister for Communication Manzoor Wassan said that two thousands youth were recruited in his department on August 12 2008 in presence of Sindh Minister in various cadres. He said that government has allocated Rs168 billion for this purpose out which Rs36 billion have been spent. He said that summary for the recruitment of two thousand more youth was lying with the chief minister for approval. To provide better transportation facilities to the commuters and to break the monopoly of private transporters Sindh government will ply CNG buses in the province. Some 600 buses will be plied between Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas while 200 buses will run in Larkana and Sukkur, Sindh Minister for Transport Akhtar Jadoon informed the Sindh Assembly while replying to a point of order raised by MQM legislator Syed Khalid. The MPA complained that despite the fact that government has announced the decrease of 50 paisas in bus fare but the transporters were charging old fares. Syed Khalid suggested that buses fares should be decreased to the tune of Rs2-. He said that according to Motor Vehicle Act, public hearing should be held prior to increase in transport fares to listen to view point of commuters. He proposed that a committee of MPAs might be constituted to hear the public opinion. Agreeing with the member, Sindh Minister Akhtar Jadoon said that member from opposition benches should also be included in the committee. Later, Speaker Nisar Khuhro asked the minister to provide the names committee members. The house which was set in motion by Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro at 11-30 A.M was adjourned till Thursday after completion of question hour.