The Sindh government has brought back 621 government employees. The newly reinstated workers were appointed during the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) second tenure but were removed during the regimes of Nawaz Sharif and Pervez Musharraf.
The announcement was made by Law Minister Ayaz Soomro at a press conference held at the Sindh Secretariat. Of the employees, 470 belong to the education department, 51 to local government, 17 to the police, nine to the food department, five to the prisons and 12 to the irrigation department.
Soomro said that the summary was signed by the chief minister.
The decision was made in accordance to a promise made by Benazir Bhutto. Last year, the government had asked people – via a newspaper advertisement – to file an application if they had been removed from government service. A committee was put together to review the matter. It was led by the minister for works and services, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza.
“We received around 1,848 applications and after scrutinising each one, the government restored 621 employees.” The law minister added that employees facing charges of corruption or those who had cases lodged against them were not reinstated.
“Most of the employees were working in the lower grades and the government will try to promote them and give them their dues as well.”
The government wants to give all contract employees permanent jobs but delayed the decision due to the flash floods last year, he added.
Decision on MQM resignation
On an unrelated note, the minister said that the government would decide the fate of the resignation submitted by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ministers within 48-hours. We want to continue the policy of reconciliation and bring MQM to the fold, he added. When asked about proposed amendments in the local government and commissionerate system, he said that the government had already formed three different committees to review the legislation on the issue.
“We can make amendments to these bills passed by the assembly after consultation with the MQM,” he concluded.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2011.