Altaf Hamid Rao,
Muzaffarabad/MIRPUR (AJK ), (Parliament Times) : Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan has sought establishment of a separate unit on modern lines to identify defects in the development projects being executed under the supervision of the Communication and Public Works Department (C&PWD) of Azad Kashmir.
While addressing the C&PWD meeting here Tuesday, the PM said that besides the identification of flaws the unit should ensure prevention of defects, quality assurance/quality control and timely completion of projects. The PM also directed that the QA/QC and Value Engineering must be taught as a subject in all engineering universities of the state.
The Prime Minister directed that ongoing development projects should be completed within the stipulated time frame. “In case of negligence in the performance of duties, strict disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible under E&D Rules”, he said.
In order to enhance the capability of engineering staff, the PM said that a 6-month departmental training should be made mandatory for the newly appointed engineering staff. He also instructed the shifting of the office of the Chief Engineer, Department of Communications and Public Works, Shahrat (South) to Mirpur.On the occasion, Secretary C&W Zafar Mahmood Khan gave a detailed briefing regarding the development projects of the Department of Communications and Public Works which were completed in the financial year 2021-22 and the ongoing and newly added projects for the financial year 2022-23.The C&W secretary also put forth various suggestions before the Prime Minister for increasing the departmental efficiency.
During the meeting it was decided to constitute a high-level committee under the chairmanship of the AJK Chief Secretary to complete the Rathoa-Haryam Bridge within one year.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Public Works Chaudhry Azhar Sadiq, Minister for Finance and Inland Revenue Abdul Majid Khan, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Shahid Mohiuddin, Director General CDO Iftikhar Hussain Kayani and others.