ISLAMABAD: Senate Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas Monday stressed Ministry of Industries and Production to concentrate on less developed areas, while praising its earlier efforts.

The committee met here at Parliament House under the chairmanship of Senator Usman Khan Kakar, Chairman of the committee.

The meeting was also attended by Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Senator Gianchand, Senator Molvi Faiz Muhmmad, Senator Kulsoom Parveen and senior officers of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Ministry of Industries and Production and departments attached to it.

Discussing the overall performance of the Ministry of Industries and Production, the meeting was briefed regarding issues related to explosive use for mining purpose and its licensing.

At the end of the briefing and quoting the case of Muslim Bagh, QiIla Saifullah Balochistan the Convener Committee, Senator Usman Khan Kakar said that he was only interested in knowing when licenses will be issued, so that the problems of the poor in this area are alleviated.

Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo was of the view that a time frame must be developed in the presence of all stakeholders and must include other tangents of the issue as well.

Senator Fida Muhammad Khan stressed the need for establishing a Committee that would weigh all sides of the issue and formulate a system.

He said that a report regarding the findings of the Committee must be presented to the House for its feedback.

He said that in many areas, 90 percent of precious stones and minerals are going to waste because of blasting issues.

He said that recruitment under the Hoqooq-e-Balochistan Program should be made transparent, adding that quota awarded to Balochistan had not been utilized and individuals from other areas had been recruited. He stressed the need for the Ministry to look into this matter and provide details in the next meeting.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2018