Senate penal seeks explanation over non-appointment of NPO chief

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ISLAMABAD: Senate’s Standing Committee on Industry and Production has sought an explanation from the Ministry of Industries and Production over non-appointment of a new chief executive officer (CEO) for the National Productivity Organisation (NPO), an attached department of the ministry.

According to details, the committee on April 3 had directed the ministry to send a summary regarding the appointment of a new NPO chief. However, the process in this regard remained incomplete.

The standing committee has now issued directions to the ministry to submit a detailed explanation on July 30.

According to sources, the contract of the NPO chief executive expired in October 2018 but he got an extension with the “approval” of the industries and production secretary despite the fact only the prime minister can approve such extensions.

The Senate panel took up the matter of illegal extension of NPO chief in April this year. The industries and production secretary had assured the forum that the process of appointment of a new CEO has been started and the ministry would send the summary to PM within fifteen to twenty days. However, the ministry failed to initiate any process in this regard.

Sources said that the company secretary of the NPO board wrote a letter to his fellow members on June 25, seeking initiation of the process regarding the appointment of the new CEO, “but no one replied to him”.

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