96 employees of PIMS Cardiac Centre await regularisation

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Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry acknowledged that services of around 100 employees posted on temporarily for the smooth functioning of the cardiac centre of PIMS years ago have not been regularised till now.

In a written reply, during question hours in the senate, Tariq said that it is a fact that these persons have been working on contract basis for many years.

To a question submitted by Senator Ahmed Hassan, who asked the number of persons presently working in the cardiac centre, PIMS, the CADD minister replied that 153 persons are presently working in PIMS Cardiac Care Centre.

However, he said that out of the total 153, only 26 employees are working on the regular basis, 31 employees are working on the  contract basis who were recruited against the projects posts, while the remaining 96 employees of the component of PIMS have been posted on temporarily.

The minister said that they were not regularised because the project titled “Establishment of Cardiac Centre at PIMS” was initially approved on Dec 7, 2004, and later on the revised PC-I for the said project was approved by ECNEC on Feb 6, 2008.

So, as per original PC-I, he added the project was to be completed by May 6, 2006, and according to the revised PC-I the project was supposed to be completed on Dec 31, 2008. However, due to certain un-avoidable issues, the projects could not be completed in a stipulated period. During this period the contract appointments of the employee were extended time to time up till June 30, 2015, and they continued to work at PIMS without any break.

After completion of the project on June 6, 2015, their contract period was not extended, but they were performing their duties regularly and their services could not be regularised so far, he added.

He said that the case regarding regularisation of the contract employees of the cardiac centre is under process and all the said employees appeared before the committee on May 18, 2016, for personal hearing. However, he said that the decision of the committee is awaited.

“A summary regarding regularisation of the services of contract employees was submitted by the secretary CADD to the prime minister on January 14, 2016,” he added.

The prime minister has constituted the committee to examine the matter in detail and to furnish its recommendations on eligibility, suitability and performance of the employees for their further retention in services on regular basis, but the recommendation and decision of the committee is still awaited, he maintained.