ISLAMABAD: The government has constituted a special committee to settle the repatriation issue of 300 female teachers working on deputation on wedlock policy (posting of husband and wife at the same working station) working for 14 to 28 years in the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Zeb Jaffar, the parliamentary secretary for education, told the lower house of Parliament on Tuesday.
“The decision was taken in the high-powered meeting held in the ministry in which all the stakeholder participated,” she said in response to a calling attention notice in the National Assembly.
The parliamentary secretary said the ministry was committed to resolving the issue as soon as possible on a priority basis and on humanitarian grounds. While as far as the pension of the teachers was concerned, the pension had already been given by their parent department.
Zeb requested NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to refer the matter to the committee concerned in which all the stakeholders would discuss and include their input as it was the issue of 300 families.
Ashraf said that it was a “very important matter” as the teachers had also staged a protest in front of Parliament to get their rights.
Later, the speaker referred the matter to the committee concerned and urged members to resolve the issue of 300 female teachers working on deputation on wedlock policy in the FDE.
Meanwhile, MNA Fehmida Mirza said that it was the tradition of the House that the treasury benches and opposition members were given equal time to speak in the NA.
Fehmida said that in a tragic incident which took place in Lasbela, six Pakistani soldiers were martyred during a provision of relief to the flood-affected persons in Balochistan.
“In my point of view the government should dedicate a session for the discussion on the tragic incident in which six nation’s heroes were martyred,” she added.