Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad presides over a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat at Parliament House.

Briefing by the Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority (NAPHDA) on the working and performance of the NAPHDA was also taken up. It was briefed that around 2 million people applied for Naya Pakistan Housing Programme, 9 lakh 26 thousand 288 applicants were placed in category one (Priority 1). In Naya Pakistan Housing Programme 1 lakh 68 thousand 224 houses were approved for construction by provinces / government departments / private entities. So far 53 thousand 60 houses have been completed and 27 thousand 819 houses are under construction. The estimated cost of construction is 306 billion rupees. Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority Chairman Major General Amer Aslam Khan (Retd) briefed the committee that according to the constitution, all governments made arrangements to build houses for citizens of the country. After establishment of the Authority in one and a half years, 28,298 houses have been completed and 13,157 houses are under construction (total 41,455). He further said that the State Bank of Pakistan has put the disbursement under government markup subsidy scheme on hold wef 1 July 2022 because of the economic situation of the country. No proposal from any development authority in Sindh has been received to participant in the programme . More so, no land for peri urban scheme has been offered by Singh government ’ stated, chairman Major General Amer Aslam Khan (Retd) and said that the Sindh government has not shared state land data for digitization with SurveyofPakistan. He further apprised that the authority acts as a coordinator and all the contractual obligations of projects are done by the relevant authorities. Standing Committee directs authority to ensure that only deserving individuals through a transparent mechanism are selected for construction of houses and said that we want deserving people to get housing facilities. The Committee directs to carry out reevaluation of the categorization criteria for selection of candidates and do some sample reconfirmation of the selected beneficiaries. Result be shared with the committee. The chairman committee lauded the working and performance of the NAPHDA and the committee assured to extend its full support in the future endeavors of the program. The meeting was attended by Senator Kamil Ali Khan, Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi and Senator Hidayat Ullah. Special Secretary Establishment Division, Secretary FPSC, Chairman NEPRA, Chairman OGRA and senior officials from the Cabinet Secretariat and Ministry of Law and Justice also attended the meeting.

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