Cabinet to relax rules for execution of development projects for health sector

Aftab Ahmed

Islamabad: The Federal Cabinet on Tuesday will permit Ministry of National Health Services Regulations & Coordination (NHSR&C) for execution of development projects involving construction works by the Ministry and its entities without involving Public Works Departments (PWD) of Ministry of Housing & Works, it is learnt reliably.

The Ministry of National Health Services Regulations & Services has complained to the Prime Minister Office that the Ministry and its entities are facing acute difficulties in execution of development projects involving civil works and also carrying out repair and maintenance of works of hospitals and office buildings.

Under the Rules of Business 1973, they (federal ministries) have to depend on Pak PWD, the only Government Agency, authorized to undertake all the civil works of the Federal Government. The Prime Minister Office directed the both the Ministries to sit together and go through the proposals and resubmit the summary with the workable solution and way forward while remaining within the ambit of Rules/Policies for perusal/orders.

Pursuant to the directions of Prime Minister, a detailed discussion was held between the two ministries on the subject matters and they (Ministries) agreed by submitting a summary with the Prime Minister’s Office for approval. The proposals include;

Both the Ministry of National Health Regulation Services & Coordination and Ministry of Housing & Works will work jointly in execution of all mega projects. Two members from each ministry will be included in the relevant committee while hiring consultant, finalizing design of building till the completion of the project.

All repair and maintenance works of MoNHS R&C and its entities would be carried out by the department concerned and maintenance wing. Budget for the purpose would be reallocated and placed at the disposal of MoNHS R&C.

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