PM’s Office vehemently denies the media reports regarding incurring expenditure to the tune of Rs.22 Million on renovation of bathroom of PM’s House as no such expenditure is being made in PM’s house. However, repair and maintenance of PM’s Office building (formerly PM’s Secretariat) has been proposed as the same was being neglected for decade or so. The rationale is as under:-
The PM’s Office, a seven storeys building, was constructed/opened in the year 1997. Since its inception, the building is being used as secretariat by successive Prime Ministers/Chief Executive lead governments. A number of other Federal Government Organizations/ Programmes like NDMA, ERRA, NAVTEC, NCGR, PMIC, PM Youth Programme, PM’s Polio Programme are also sharing the same building. Hence, as many as 1000 employees are using the building.
Needless to mention that PM’s Office building is a national asset and show window to rest of the world, However, due to poor repair and maintenance over the last decade or so, the building has not only started giving an ugly/decaying look but has posed serious health and safety threat to the employees working in it.
In order to save this national asset and to ensure health and safety of the employees working in this building, an overhauling of the building has been suggested which includes repair & maintenance of 74 bathrooms/ablution places located in all the seven floors of the building at a cost of Rs.21.821 Million.
While the aforementioned expenditure remains the accumulated cost of being neglected more than a decade, the ultimate beneficiaries are more than 1000 employees of various government organizations working in this building.