150 more branches of National Savings to be automated: Zahid Hamid

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid on Thursday said 150 more branches of National Savings would be automated under a three year project starting from December 2017.

He was responding to a Calling Attention Notice in the Senate about the closure of Phase-II of automation project of National Savings by the end of September, 2017 due to which 300 employees engaged in this project, having expertise in the relevant field, might lose their jobs whose services could be utilized in Phase-III of the said project proposed to be initiated in near future.

The minister said a total of 350 employees were engaged in Phase-II of automation project of National Savings in 2013 following which 140 branches had been automated. He said those employees who had worked in Phase-II were being asked to apply in Phase-III of automation project and they would be given preference in it.

The minister informed the House that a total of 89 branches were also automated in the first phase from 2009-12 while all branches would be automated under this project.

Earlier, the Chair admitted an adjournment motion for discussion which was sponsored by MQM Senator Col. ® Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi. It was regarding lack of beds for patients and other medical equipment in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Federal Government Services Hospital (FGSH), Islamabad.