Three provinces refuse to own NCHD, education fund

Mehtab Haider
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ISLAMABAD: National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and National Education Foundation (NEF) will cease to exist after June 30, 2011, because federating units except Sindh have refused to take their ownership in the wake of 18th Amendment, official documents available with The News show.

The reason for flat refusal, especially by Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhawa (KPK), was that they did not want to own the remnants of Musharraf regime even if the centre provided funds for them.

The Council of Common Interest (CCI) took up the issue of NCHD and NEF in its last meeting held on May 28 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Gilani in which Punjab, Khyber Pukhtunkhawa (KPK) and Balochistan flatly refused to take ownership of the NCHD after June 30.

During the CCI meeting, it was also observed that the establishment of NCHD like institutions was in clear violation of 1973 Constitution and their continuation after the 18th Amendment was simply impossible after June 30.

Sindh, official sources said, took lenient view in the CCI meeting on NCHD because of its chairperson Nafeesa Shah, who is MNA of PPP and daughter of Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

When contacted, Secretary Planning and Development Division Sohail Ahmed said that the federating units except Sindh refused to take ownership of NCHD and NEF after June 30.“The administrative cost of NCHD is over 50 percent and there is no possibility of its continuation after June 30,” he said.

The top management of NCHD is quite disturbed with the disclosure that its administrative and operational cost is over 50 percent. Official documents of NCHD available with The News reveal that the Commission demanded Rs611.20 million from federal government for paying liabilities of its employees from January 2011 to June 2011 out of which Prime Minister Gilani sanctioned only Rs500 million.

For Makkaz Coordinator salary, the NCHD sought Rs111.20 million, for Universal Primary Education Management Information System Rs5.60 million, Goshawas and other formats Rs5 million, Feeder Teacher Salary Rs184.12 million, salary LMISO Rs6 million, salary of Literacy Coordinators Rs32 million, salary of Local Area Supervisors Rs0.30 million, salary of literacy teachers Rs1.90 million, other programme cost Rs6 million, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Rs4 million, Media Rs7.40 million, Research & Development Rs1 million, staff cost of Head Office and districts Rs150 million, administration cost of HO and districts Rs94.70 million and Capital Rs2 million.

Both the Planning Commission and Ministry of Finance had worked out that the administrative and operation cost of NCHD stood in the range of 50 to 60 percent out of which the salary of lower cadre teachers stood in the range of Rs2,000 to Rs2500 per month compared to hefty packages of top ranking officials.

Media Manager of NCHD Qamar Jamal said that the government was going to abolish an institution which was promoting education and making efforts for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This step was taken in a year which was declared the year of education by the government, he added.

Published in The News, June 29th, 2011

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