ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was told on Monday that the government has no plans to sell the profit-making Roosevelt Hotel in New York — one of the prime foreign assets of the Pakistan International Airline.

Briefing the Committee about the profit made by Roosevelt Hotel, the PIA acting Chairman said that hotel earned $96.450 million in 2016 and the profit figure remained $1.540 million.

He said that the Aviation Division has no plans to sell the Roosevelt Hotel.  He, however, said that experts have given proposals to give the hotel on lease for a period of 30 to 40 years to earn more profit.

The Committee showed annoyance over it and strongly recommended that Roosevelt Hotel should not be given on the lease at any cost.

The Committee also decided to invite the PIA chief executive officer for a briefing about the cancellation of flights on the route to New York.

The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Secretary briefed the Committee about the implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee.

He said that the Ministry in compliance of the Committee directives sent letters to the departments concerned for implementation of the Committee directives.

The Committee also considered “The Elections (Amendment) Act, 2017” moved by lawmaker Naeema Kishwer Khan and after a detailed deliberation it directed the ministry to provide more detail at the next meeting.

The Secretary also briefed the Committee about the status of encashment to Parliamentarians on PIA tickets.

After discussion, it was decided that Rs 0.3 million — without any deduction — should be given to the parliamentarians instead of vouchers and also recommended that the number of tickets should be increased from 20 to 30.

The Ministry of Housing and Works Joint Secretary briefed the Committee about the budget and maintenance of government rest houses.

He said that presently the Ministry of Housing and Works or the Pak-PWD was not maintaining any rest house.

He also provided detail of lodges, hostels and family suites working under the Housing Ministry.

The Committee directed Housing Ministry to provide details of officers residing in lodges, hostels and family suites in Islamabad at the next meeting.