Budget Deficit widens to Rs. 1.352 Billion hampering agricultural research activities badly. Dr. Tariq Sultan, President, PARSA, PARC

Islamabad (26th April, 2019): PARC Scientists Association PARSA & Employees Association EAPARC, PARC hold a press conference against the attitude of M/o Finance, Govt. of Pakistan and demanded release of funds of Rs. 1352/- million as liability grant to meet the funds of PARC employees on account of 10% increase in salary, pension, commutation, PM family assistance package for deceased employees, 50% arrear of rental ceiling. The Press Conference was held at PARC HQs, Islamabad in which different media persons of Electronic and Print media participated.

Talking to the press media during a press conference held at PARC Hqs, Islamabad today President Pakistan Agricultural Research Scientist Association, Dr. Tariq Sultan said that Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is the apex national agricultural research organization of highly qualified scientific manpower has played a key role for ensuring the national food security.  Owing to the hard-work of these scientists Pakistan is now self -sufficient in its major food items like wheat, rice, sugarcane, maize etc. He further added that our scientists have developed and distributed disease free banana plants through tissue culture & bio-fertilizers for better productivity of cereal & legume crops,  released high Zinc wheat variety for better nutrition, developed pesticide residue monitoring system in agricultural food value chain, accredited laboratory testing services for food quality, safety and ensuring country avian influenza free, high yielding garlic variety, developed prototypes of innovative machinery for post-harvest management specially sugar-cane crusher & Ispaghol processing in collaboration with private sector.

Dr. Rashoan Zada, General Secretary, PARSA emphasized that PARC has contributed significantly in national economy yet it has been in a serious financial crunch of Rs. 1.352 Billion which is budget deficit and financial liability to be paid in pension and commutation (58%), Establishment (19%) and Operational (23%). This situation has badly affected the research activities. He informed that the case for this financial demand for PARC is in Ministry for months and still we are waiting for the finances.

On behalf of PARC employees Association, Ch. Aslam Gujjar spoke to the participants of press conference and demanded to the Government specially Ministry of National Food Security & Research and Ministry Of Finance to provide finances of Rs. 1352 million to PARC immediately in order to sustain strategic agricultural research and avert any further financial crises. Members of joint action committee also thanked the electronic and print media for highlighting the protest held earlier in the media. At the end of press conference, questions answer was also held which was responded satisfactory by members of joint action committee of PARSA and EAPARC.

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