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Special Committee on NCHD Formed
September 4, 2008 — The News

ISLAMABAD: A 15-member special committee, headed by MNA Faryal Talpur, has been constituted on operations of the National Commission for Human Development.

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Social Sector Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali will be the convener of the committee. Other members include Dr Shamsh Kassim Lakha, Farrokh K Captain, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Begum Roshan Khurshid Barocha, Dr Mushtaq A Khan, Ejaz Rahim, Nafeesa Shah, Lt-Gen (retd) Muhammad Zubair, Khalid Idrees, Ahmed Owais Pirzada, Zulfiqar Ahmad, Sadiqa Salahuddin and M Jahangir Bashar.

The decision to constitute the special committee was taken in a meeting of the cabinet committee that was held on Wednesday to look into the status of the NCHD under the chairmanship of M Salman Farooqui, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission. The meeting was attended by Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, members of the Planning Commission, the additional secretary Finance Division and the chief operating officer NCHD.

The committee took note of the operations of the NCHD in the light of the governmentís commitment to the universal primary education, human resource development and the millennium development goals.

In order to take all the stakeholders on board, a special committee has been set up to review the PC-I and make recommendations by 15th September 2008 for consideration of the CDWP to be held on 18th September.

The committee recommended that an efficient programme, having priority to the community feeder schools providing universal primary education, should be undertaken and funded. The committee also noted the communication received from the members of the US Congress with regard to funding the programme.

The committee noted that the NCHD had already submitted a 4-year programme (2008-11) to the Planning Commission for the consideration of the CDWP, which is also represented by the provinces. The proposal is scheduled to be discussed in the CDWP meeting to be held on 18th September.

The committee also noted that all the physical assets of the NCHD spread all over the country be protected and advised the cabinet secretary to ensure that these assets were properly documented and fully protected.




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