Devolution of PTDC – Future of 900 employees hangs

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ABBOTTABAD (Thursday, June 16, 2011) : Fate of around 900 employees of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) hangs in the balance, as none of the provinces including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is ready to accept them after devolution of the Tourism Ministry under the 18th Amendment.
The second phase of the process has started with the devolution of more ministries including education, social welfare and special education, tourism, livestock and dairy, rural development and culture.
“The Tourism Ministry has property including buildings, commercial plots and equipment but it also has some liabilities,” the sources said, adding that the provinces were eyeing the assets but were not accepting the liabilities. The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation owns a number of vehicles, around 25 motels and commercial plots in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Talking to The News, some employees of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation said they had not received salaries for the last four months. They said neither the federal government nor the provincial governments were doing anything to allay their concerns.
They said the devolution process would be completed by June 30 but the 900 employees having 12 per cent share in the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation properties were uncertain about their future. They maintained that the government had given them certificates concerning share in the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation properties on the basis of their service.

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