Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will take up a petition seeking appointment of Chairman National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) here on Monday (today).

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui will resume the hearing of the petition moved by Chaudhary Mumtaz Akhtar Kahloon through his counsel Barrister Afzal Hussain.

Previously, the same bench had served notices on secretary cabinet and secretary ministry of education and technical training in this matter.

Justice Shaukat Aziz had also directed them to appoint an officer to appear before the court who would inform the bench regarding the post of appointment of chairman NAVTTC, the post that is vacant for the last 19 months.

 Petitioner Chaudhry Mumtaz Akhtar Kahloon, former Chairman NAVTTC had moved the court through his counsel Barrister Afzal Hussain and sought court’s directions to the federal government to complete the appointment process of Chairman NAVTTC within a period of ten days.

The petitioner argued that the chairman NAVTTC is a statutory post and has significant role under the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission Act 2011. However, the post has been lying vacant since March 21, 2013.

He maintained that as per the NAVTTC Act 2011, the chairman means the Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Commission and the Board is the apex body of the NAVTTC, which has very significant role under the law.

The Petitioner’s counsel informed the court that federal government has to appoint the chairman as per the Act but it has been approximately 19 months that since federal government has not appointed the chairman.

 Barrister Afzal stated that the basic motto and objective of the NAVTTC is to provide direction, support and enabling environment to the public and private sectors to implement training for skills development in order to enhance social and economic profile of the country and it has direct impact on the fundamental rights of the citizens that could benefit from the vocational and technical training.