Mohammad Ali (@ChaudhryMAli88)
Engineers' community hailing from every nook and cranny of the country has termed China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar project, a pie in the sky for Pakistani engineers.
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 7th Jun, 2018 ) :Engineers' community hailing from every nook and cranny of the country has termed China pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar project, a pie in the sky for Pakistani engineers.
Talking to APP, National Engineers, a body formed to raise voice for engineers concerns, patron in chief Engr Abdul Qadir Shah said every year some10, 000 engineers enter in country's job market while it absorbs only 2,000. The number of jobless engineers is currently touching to 50,000, adding some 8,000 annually to the figure.
"CPEC was a ray of hope for local engineers as they were expecting much and more jobswhich were likely to be generated through this mega project. But, unfortunately, they were deprived of their fundamental rights because of issuing illegal licences by PECincumbent management to foreign companies without joint ventures with local firms," he said.
The body's Patron in-Chief Engr Abdul Qadir Shah, going to contest Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) upcoming elections, claimed to go all out for ensuring this most skillful segment's rights to stop their main drain for a greater national interest.
He underlining the need to create more jobssaid, the body if mandated would organize job fairs and not allow foreign companies to get registered in PEC without joint ventures with local firms to ensure local engineers' rights are not compromised.
He also claimed to ensure enforcement of 30 percent quota for engineers in China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects at management cadre.
Terming young engineers' architect of the future, he said he would create reserved seats in PEC governing body especially for female in the lager interest of the community.
He also expressed his dismay and admitted that the engineers are being exploited by the private sector and they are not being paid reasonable salaries and he would fight for a minimum Rs40, 000 per month remuneration to them.
Engr Abdul Qadir also hinted to launch housing schemes, build clubs and academies for this community in big cities for their maximum facilitation.
Engineering departments, he deplored, are being run by people of irrelevant cadres which is also tantamount to justice affecting genuine engineers rights. This practice will be hampered.
He also said he would revive health policy for engineers as it is abundant by the incumbent PEC management.
Meanwhile, Engr Ehtasham Attari, said the community was since long lacking a platform where all issues pertaining to engineers be addressed and resolved.
He appreciated the initiatives of Engr Abdul Qadir, made during his previous tenure especially biometric voting system, engineers' appearance in person for induction in any construction company, jobfairs, signing accords with international engineering bodies in the larger interest for this neglected workforce.
Another Engr Ahmed Raza hoped that National Engineers would fulfill its promises as it is well conversant with the current and issues to emerge in future.
He appreciated the move of inducting youngengineers' in PEC's governing body on reserved seats which would help address their concerns more appropriately.
It is pertinent to mention here that the PECpresent body has been dissolved on June 6, and PEC upcoming elections are being scheduled to be held on August 5 as per plan given by PEC Election Committee