The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad this morning with Deputy Chairman Abdul Ghafoor Haidri in the chair.

The Senate was informed today that 2,831 persons have been sent abroad for employment by the Overseas Employment Corporation during the last two years.

Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Pir Syed Sadr Uddin Shah Rashdi informed the House during question hour that these persons were sent from across Pakistan including four provinces, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan, Tribal areas and Islamabad Capital Territory.

Answering a question, he said a Vocational Training Centre will be established in Swat by Overseas Pakistanis Foundation.

He said the government has taken a number of steps to address the issue of filling the gaps between employment and skilled development targets.

The Minister told the House that 25 employees of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation were terminated from service during the present regime on various charges after completing required formalities. He said 125 employees have been appointed in OPF educational institutions and services of five employees were regularized during this period.

Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Balighur Rehman told the House that 690 students belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been sent abroad on scholarships for higher studies during the last five years by the HEC. He said merit and provincial quota is being observed completely in this regard. He said six billion rupees have been allocated for scholarships during the current financial year.

He informed the House that physical education is being introduced in schools as part of education policy. He said it will promote sports in the country.

Replying to a question, Balighur Rehman told the House that the government has a pro-active stance for placement including employment abroad. He said during the recent visit of Amir of Qatar to Pakistan, the Prime Minister has got approved a quota of 200,000 labourers to be sent to Qatar.

He pointed out that the government has also mobilised reputed employers who have committed to provide employment to 20,000 persons this year. He said the government will also introduce Vocational Secondary Schools programme under which middle level students will be given technical training in different fields.

Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman told the House while replying to a call attention notice, that the mobile SIMs bio-metric verification system was launched in line with National Action Plan to combat terrorism in consultation with all the stakeholders.

The House has now been adjourned to meet again on Monday afternoon at three.

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