Decision to sack PTDC employees not taken due to pandemic, says PM’s aide

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfiqar Bukhari said on Sunday that the decision to sack employees of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) was not taken because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a notification issued on Thursday, the government shut down PTDC motels in the northern areas and terminated the services of employees. A notification said that the corporation was forced to take this decision as it had been continuously suffering losses.

"[PTDC] was incurring losses [...] I want to dispel the misconception that we laid people off due to Covid, that is not what happened," said the PM’s aide, adding that in 2019 the cabinet had decided to make a mechanism for running the corporation and negotiate with the relevant unions for layoffs.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said that going forward PTDC’s motels will be handed over to the provinces along with a template for leasing them to the private sector for the next 30 years. �