Staff protest against NCHD closure

Islamabad:
The employees of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) on Thursday staged a rally against its closure along with continuing sit-in in front of Parliament House on the seventh consecutive day.

The march led by Central Action Committee of NCHD started from D-Chowk and ended at Aabpara and the protestors were holding placards and banners inscribed with demands from the government to protect NCHD for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of education. The protestors also staged a sit-in Aabpara, urging the government to safeguard the efforts and resources of NCHD spent during last eight years for the promotion of primary education, literacy and primary health care.

The closure of NCHD will affect 16,000 employees and their families in 144 districts but also deprive millions of children in under privileged areas from primary education and millions of adults to be literate through functional literacy program. They said “We are in the favour of 18th amendment and demand the government to devolve NCHD rather than dissolving or winding up it”.

The employees said the provincial governments should adopt NCHD with its full scale in their respective provinces and if these are reluctant to adopt the matter should be resolved by the federal government. The protestors recalled that the government has shown commitment under 18th amendment that not a single employee would be separated from services.

More than 100 parliamentarians signed resolution for supporting NCHD’s continuation. NCHD employees have also filed a constitution petition in the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) for the enforcement of the fundamental rights. NCHD supported the government in enrolling 11.56 million out-of-school children age 5-7 years; established 13,068 community feeder schools to provide access and cater for increased enrolment, and provided 4,719 feeder teachers in government schools, imparting training to 146,225 government teachers on quality education.

Published in The News, July 1st, 2011

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