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Senate body for ban on reemployment

By: Javaid-ur-rahman

ISLAMABAD – Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet division unanimously recommended that there should be no extension, reemployment and contract appointments of government officers of grad 20 and above and army officers should not be made incharges of civilian institutions.

The Committee gave the ruling that the government should do away with the system of reemployment and extensions. A meeting of committee on Cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Senator Shahid Hassan Bugti.

Other members of the committee also endorsed the recommendation, saying that such rules must be abolished which caused to discourage competition. The committee gave these directives to Secretary Establishment Division Rauf Chaudhry for further proceedings.

Shahid Bugti was of the view that we should send government employees home after 60 years. He recommended the incumbent government must do away with the extension rule in services of government officers.

Terming it sheer violation of the rules despite the judgment of the Supreme Court, the members of the committee expressed serious concern over the reemployment and extension of large number of government servants.

A member of the committee was of the view that due to these extensions backlog created in the promotion of civil servants and caused demoralisation.

Taking another agenda item regarding inordinate delay in presenting the inquiry report of collapse of Margalla Towers due to earthquake of October 2005 to the PM by the PM’s Inspection Commission, the Committee took a strong exception to the fact that it was the third consecutive meeting of the Standing Committee but the Secretary Cabinet, Nargis Sethi did not available.

However, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Shahid Baig, again assured the Committee that she would attend the next meeting and explained that she could not attend Thursday’s meeting because she was busy in a function on World Tuberculosis Day.

On it, the Committee unanimously recommended that the minutes of the meeting be conveyed to the PM through the PM Inspection Commission.

As a mark of protest over breach of privilege of the Committee, the Chairman and members decided to drop the agenda item relating to the inquiry report of collapse of Margalla Towers by the PM’s Inspection Commission.

Taking the agenda item regarding disposal of surplus staff of ministries/divisions/departments devolved under the 18th Amendment, the Secretary informed the committee that out of 1,693 employees, 491 employees of five ministries had been sent to the provinces in the first phase of the devolution process. He said that five more ministries would also go to the provinces by the end of this month including education, Special education, Livestock, Tourism and Culture.
Source: The Nation
Date:3/25/2011