Pakistan parliamentary panel rejects plan for CPEC authority

by Nadia Riaz on January 29, 2020 | Images Source Social Media

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has unanimously rejected the establishment of CPEC Authority, giving a big jolt to the government plan to bring the whole CPEC related work under one umbrella.

The Parliamentary Panel on CPEC met under the chairmanship of PTI MNA Sher Ali Arbab here at the Parliament House on Thursday. The members expressed their concerns that the having chairman with the power of PrincipleAccounting Officer would have a direct conflict with Secretary Planning.

The CPEC Authority with five to six members would have the strength just like Planning Commission so there is no need for duplication of institutions and ministries.

“The Planning Commission high-ups could not convince the parliamentarians why this CPEC Authority is necessary to run the CPEC related projects,” said one member of the committee on Thursday night.

After a long debate, the chairman of the parliamentary panel put up the issue for voting before the committee members and they unanimously rejected the establishment of the CPEC Authority.

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