Senate Subcommittee Redirects MoITT to Look into the Matter of SCO’s Demand to Work Across Country. The representatives of MoITT Division on Monday informed the Senate Subcommittee on the delegated legislation that SCO cannot work across entire Pakistan.
Senate Subcommittee Redirects MoITT to Look into the Matter of SCO’s Demand to Work Across Country
However, Mohammad Daud Khan Achakzai, being the chairman of the committee, directed the IT Ministry to prepare a draft with the consultation of SCO and submit it in one week regarding increasing the ambit of SCO.
SCO is a public sector organisation established back in 1976 to develop, operate and maintain telecom services in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. SCO has developed massive IT and Telecom infrastructure including the laying down of over 2,500 KM of optical fibre cable network across the entire area.
The issue came into limelight when Special Communication Organization (SCO) demanded amendments in its establishment acts and ask MoITT to allow it to work across entire Pakistan and launch mobile services with a number of concessions.
In response to which the Ministry said that:
“If concessions are given to SCO, private cellular companies will also demand the same and also that the almost 40,000 employees of the SCO will be become a liability for the government if the project fails.”
One option presented by the IT Ministry on Monday was that:
“SCO can be given financial autonomy but it cannot be allowed to work outside its ambit as that will create problems.”
Let’s see what comes out of this debate after the submission of next report for which both MoITT and SCO has been given one week of time period.