QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Thursday expressed concern over non-implementation of minority quota in the labour and manpower department and summoned the secretary concerned to explain the position on Nov 27 in the speaker’s chamber.

The assembly session presided over by deputy speaker Sardar Babar Khan Musakhail directed the assembly secretary to write a letter to the federal ministry of information and urge him to exempt PTV Quetta employees from re-tests and interviews.

Leader of the opposition Malik Sikander Khan informed the assembly that the employees who are working in PTV Quetta for 20 to 30 years have been asked by the authorities to appear for tests and interviews to be conducted by private company, Abacue.

He urged the federal ministry of information to exempt these employees from such tests and interviews.

Non-implementation of minority quota discussed

Taking up another issue, he said the government contractors had been awarded contracts at the rates of 2018, but prices of materials had gone up by 70 per cent and as a result of that the projects are delayed and their quality is substandard.

Adviser to the Chief Minister on Minorities Affairs Khalil George Bhutto drew the attention of the house to the recruitment process for the cancelled posts in the labour and manpower department and said these vacancies were advertised on November 3, but the process was cancelled as legal requirements were not fulfilled.

The deputy speaker asked the labour secretary to submit a report on the issue in the next session of the assembly.

Chairperson of Women Parliamen­ta­rians Forum in the Balochistan Assembly Dr Rubaba Khan Buledi said the pending laws about violence against women should be approved. She urged the male legislators to cooperate in the approval of these laws from the assembly.

Published in Dawn, November 26th, 2021

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