Senate Body passes Emigration Amendment Bill 2023

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development on Monday unanimously passed the Bill titled “The Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2023”.

Meeting of Senate Body was held at Parliament House with Senator Anwar ul Haq Kakar in Chair. Senator Shahadat Awan apprised that the Bill aimed to provide ease to emigrants by allowing them to appear in person or virtually for registration of names by their protectors.

While reviewing the expenses and disputes of EOBI, Senator Shahadat Awan stated that it was informed that the total expense of EOBI is around 1.97 Billion rupees per year but details of expenses have not been provided.

Moreover, in the previous meeting, officials informed that final challan has been submitted against all the accused and a summary has also been submitted to Cabinet for change of Board of Director Members. However, the documents submitted by EOBI shows otherwise, he added. Senator Shahadat Awan also inquired about the current valuation of disputed properties.

Chairman EOBI, Naheed Shah Durrani maintained that it is quite difficult to assess the current value of alleged properties however, in 2013 evaluation was conducted through NESPAK and it’s details will be submitted before the committee. The Chairman Committee directed the EOBI Chairman and ministry of overseas to submit all the required documents in the next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Senator Shaheen Khalid Butt, State Minister for Law and Justice Senator Shahadat Awan, Senator Rana Mahmood Ul Hassan, Senator Prince Ahmed Omer Ahmed Zai, Chairman EOBI Naheed Shah Durrani, DG Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment Akram Ali Khawaja, Joint Secretary for MOPHRD Muhammad Wishaq and other concerned officers were also in attendance.


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