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    23,000 federal government posts abolished

    Is is a good move........?
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    ISLAMABAD, July 13: The government has abolished 23,000 posts in the federal government as part of its rightsizing exercise. At a press briefing here on Thursday, the additional secretary of the establishment division, Mirza Hamid Hasan, said the posts were being abolished on a large scale in line with a decision taken by the federal cabinet.

    Flanked by a group of establishment division officials, the additional secretary added that the abolition of posts had not rendered any serving officials jobless.

    "Most of the abolished posts have been lying vacant because of a constant ban on fresh appointments for the past several years," he said, adding that the officials occupying the posts had been sent to the surplus pool of the establishment division.

    The additional secretary said the role and power of the federal public service commission (FPSC) had been enhanced. The commission had been empowered to appoint officers in BPS 11 to 15 and in some high-profile departments. He added that it was being reviewed whether or not to empower the FPSC to appoint officers in BPS 16 and above.

    Mr Hasan said that for ad hoc appointments, rules were being amended to ensure a prior approval of the FPSC. The financial and administrative autonomy of the commission had also been enhanced to make it more independent and effective as a recruiting forum, he said.

    The additional secretary said the government would discourage the practice of appointing officers on contract. In the future, he added, contract appointments would be made only on recommendation of a high-powered committee.

    Mr Hasan said the training courses being conducted by the National Institute of Public Administration and the Staff College would be bettered. Moreover, a series of middle-career courses were being introduced to enable officials to handle specialized jobs.

    The additional secretary said the government was reviewing the process of formulating the annual confidential report of an officer so that his competence could be gauged properly. Besides, the inter-provincial transfer policy of DMG and PSP officers was also being reviewed. The transfer of officers would be linked to their promotion, he added.

    He defended the massive appointments of retired and serving military officials against civilians posts, and said these appointments had been made in line with rules.

    When asked whether the retired military officers had been appointed by the defence services officers selection board against a prescribed 10 per cent quota, he said: "All officers up to the level of brigadier were appointed through regular channels and against the 10 per cent quota in special ministries/groups."

    He said the government had so far dismissed/removed from service some 66 officers in grade 17 and above under efficiency and disciplinary rules.


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    What is a big surprise? This is one form of blessing from military government. You will see lots of kicking asses in future.


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