» Home
 » Our Purpose
 » Site Map
 » Contact Us


Pakistan Center for Philanthropy

NCHD gets one year more
The News
Friday, November 28, 2008

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to retain the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), a brainchild of the Musharraf government, despite its controversial role and has allocated Rs551.3 million in taxpayer money for this entity.

An official report available with ‘The News’ disclosed that the NCHD, whose purpose was to improve the social indicators of Pakistan to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) utilized funds for getting 451 brand new vehicles, 1217 motor cycles, 7280 pieces of office equipment (Generators, Air Conditioners, fans, IT services etc) 65 laptops, 1861 computers, 17,696 pieces of furniture, 665 printers and 56 bicycles.

It was decided that the NCHD would not be abandoned for a year as a high-powered committee constituted by the Prime Minister recommended the government to release Rs551.3 million for the ongoing financial year.

These funds will be utilized for continuation of Universal Primary Education (UPE) and for administrative expenses of the NCHD only for the ongoing fiscal year 2008-09.

The official report spells out that the NCHD would submit a detailed report about its assets to Cabinet Division by end of the ongoing month (November 2008).

“It was the unanimous view that NCHD (with what ever alternate name, if any) should not be liquidated at this stage when donors are concerned and likely to withdraw their support,” the official report said and added that the Special Committee decided to continue certain programs of the Commission and recommended that the largest and most important of these being the Feeder School programs should continue but in more focused and targeted manner.

The UPE program of the NCHD, the report states, may continue for one more year only till the entire program is thoroughly reviewed.

The reactivation of 17,980 Feeder Schools in 94 districts with an approved budget of Rs 449 million has been initiated in October 2008. A proposal for providing matching grants by the Government was also considered for running a viable literacy program for which a policy will be formulated to attract foreign donors.

“The special committee also decided to monitor the performance of the working staff of the NCHD and all out efforts should be made to protect assets of the Commission,” the official document stated and added that the NCHD officials also informed that complete inventory of fixed assets has already been sent to Cabinet Division.

The special committee was told that the NCHD established 38 hub districts in the all four provinces and the AJK and the shifting of its assets from 56 districts to these hub centers have been completed. The NCHD has planned a detailed validation of assets in respective locations.

Out of 38 hub clusters, there are 13 in Punjab, nine in Sindh, nine in Balochistan, six in NWFP and one in FATA.

The total financing requirement for running feeder schools stood at Rs581.936 million out of which district set up would cost Rs505.760 million, regional set up Rs69.840 million, and Project Management Unit Rs6.336 million.

Total administrative cost for the NCHD stood at Rs102.3 million for one year with staff cost Head Office Rs19.3 million, Head Office expenses (including POL etc) Rs2.4 million, totalling the cost of head office to the tune of Rs21.7 million.

The staff cost of 38 clusters district would require Rs62 million, utilities cost of 38 clusters Rs4.6 million and rent of 38 clusters Rs14 million, totalling the cost to the tune of Rs80.6 million for one year.



Export Promotion Bureau Pakistan
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry
Edhi Foundation

© Copyright PABE [2000-2008].