ISLAMABAD: Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Tuesday said 47 pilots were working in the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) on contract basis over the age of 60 years.
He said this while responding to a question in the Senate. He said decision of reemployment to retired pilots was taken by the previous government which was endorsed by the Supreme Court.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan said educational degrees of 466 PIA employees were found to be bogus in last five years.
Responding to a question about air flights from Quetta to other cities of Balochistan, the minister said the PIA would start operations from Quetta to Gwadar and Turbat keeping in view the market indicators.
The Senate was informed that Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal established 75 orphanages named as Dar-ul-Ehsaas across the country during last year for welfare of the orphans.
Responding to a question during the Questions Hour in Senate, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Azam Khan Swati said children in orphanages were provided quality education by the best private educational institutions of the respective area.
The minister said Youth Villa had been established in Karachi for adolescent children where 5000 children may be accommodated.
Answering another question, he said the government had introduced Ehsaas program to uplift the poor people of the country.
Azam Khan Swati said Waseela-e-Taleem was another program being run by the BISP currently operational in 50 districts across the country to encourage enrollment in schools.
He said a large number of government employees who were undeserving beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support program had been identified; which would make this program more transparent.
The chairman Senate directed the minister to provide the complete list of all those officers who fraudulently benefited from BISP.