Islamabad - State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry assured that daily-wage employees in Islamabad schools would be made permanent and they would be given salaries on time.

During a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Government Assurance, Dr Tariq also said that a bill had been approved by the relevant standing committees of Senate and National Assembly to segregate PIMS hospital from the Medical University. After approval in the next session of the Senate, its implementation will be started, he told the NA body.

The state minister alleged that officers were making laws for their personal interests, which, he said, affected the government functions and the civil servants. He said that to upgrade the standard of education in Islamabad, Rs3 billion grants had been received under Prime Minister Special Funds. In the first phase, Rs220 million had been spent.  Also, for betterment of 200 educational institutions, another Rs1.70 billion would be spent, he said.

The state minister told the NA body that in Islamabad educational institutions, the matter pertaining to the teaching, nonteaching and daily-wage staffers was a persistent issue. He added that there were difficulties to make them permanent.

The government has put forward some suggestions to the employees in this regard and they are not agreeable to them and have knocked the door of the court, he said. He said that he was personally in the favour of employees and to arrange payment for them, he had held several meetings with the Finance Ministry.

Minister of State for National Health Saira Afzal Tarar told the committee that to control medical stores and laboratories in the federal capital, a bill had been approved by the federal cabinet, which, she said, would be tabled in the Parliament soon. She said that medicine manufacturing entities in addition to offering foreign trips to doctors were also providing vehicles to them. In substitution, the doctors prescribed the medicines of those medicine manufacturers. She said that they had talked to concerned authorities to eradicate the menace. She said that doctors instead of prescribing a specific medicine by brand name they should prescribe the formula of the medicine. However it is not workable.

News agency NNI added that the management of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) told the NA body that male staff of the hospital had been barred from checking female patients. The PIMS administration further informed the committee that action had been taken against the staffer found involved in an immoral activity at the intensive care unit of the hospital. The staff member is behind the bars, the PIMS admin told the committee.

The hospital management has ordered that male staff would not check the female patients in future. Also, cameras and biometric systems have been installed for checking the staff activities, the NA body was told.