18 water testing labs become dysfunctional

ISLAMABAD: As many as 18 water high quality testing laboratories running underneath the Pakistan Council of Analysis in Water Assets (PCRWR) – an independent frame of the Ministry of Science and Generation (MoST) – have become nearly dormant as its 158 scientists and technical group of workers have now not been paid their salaries since January 2016.

About six years in the past, the PCRWR had established water high quality testing laboratories around the nation with a price of over Rs2 billion. On the other hand, the Finance Department didn’t unlock the Rs75 million intended for the salaries of the scientists and technical body of workers because of which the laboratories become dysfunctional and the Pakistan Nationwide Accreditation Council (PNAC) additionally suspended the PCRWR’s accreditation as smartly.

With the suspension of accreditation, PCRWR can not declare authenticity and credibility of its reviews on water high quality and analysis and this is why the PCRWR is not able to inspect the standard of water within the filtration crops put in by way of the Capital Construction Authority (CDA) and the Water and Sanitation Company (Wasa) within the 4 provinces.

158 scientists, technical group of workers have now not been paid in a yr

Then again, a senior legitimate within the council stated that as quickly because the topic associated with group of workers salaries is resolved, PNAC might be approached for the recovery of accreditation.

The officers who’ve now not been paid their salaries have been hired towards the venture titled ‘Provision of Protected Consuming Water’ (PSDW) which used to be authorized through the Government Committee of the Nationwide Financial Council.

The undertaking value Rs1413.35 million used to be initiated in 2006 for a duration of 5 years. The improvement segment used to be finished on December 31, 2015 after having many extensions within the implementation duration.

A MoST letter dated February 25, 2016 conveyed the approval of 158 posts of the PSDW challenge to non-development (common) aspect.

The Status quo Department on Would possibly 16 consented for regularisation topic to the achievement of formalities. The related PCRWR committee then interviewed the workers for normal appointments and forwarded the abstract to the top minister.

In the meantime, some PCRWR officers filed a petition sooner than the Islamabad and Lahore top courts, in the hunt for course to the federal government for the discharge of salaries. Some officers additionally filed an software ahead of the Federal Ombudsman, which on Dec 15 ordered MoST to unlock the salaries. The ombudsman additionally requested the federal government to believe regularising the workers as smartly. PCRWR officers stated the incumbent chairman Dr Mohammad Ashraf intentionally behind schedule the regularisation of PSDW workers as they have been running in a venture initiated via the previous chairman.

PCRWR has spent tens of millions of rupees on coaching its workers who’ve now not been paid since January 2016.

When requested, the PCRWR chairman claimed the laboratories have now not been closed as skeleton workforce used to be to be had to run affairs. He did admit that because of non-participation of the workers, who don’t seem to be paid, the laboratories may just now not produce desired effects.

Dr Ashraf stated the topic in regards to the regularisation of workers used to be pending with the top minister when the workers had long past into litigation which is why it had lingered on.

The council has closed the undertaking to inspect water high quality in CDA and Wasa filtration crops because it calls for some huge cash.

In 2010, PCRWR had reported that of CDA’s 33 filtration crops, 28 have been offering not worthy and hazardous water, which CDA had contested and had restrained the council from testing water in its filtration crops at some point.

Revealed in First light, December 18th, 2016

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