Contract employment: ‘Senior officers should not be offered extension’

Committee strongly recommends government officers in grade 20 and above should not be offered extension.


Peer Muhammad March 25, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


The Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Division has strongly recommended that government officers in grade 20 and above should not be offered extension, reemployment or contractual appointment.


“This committee unanimously recommends that the government do away with extension and reemployment in government departments to provide junior officers opportunities for promotion,” stated Chairperson Shahid Hassan Bugti. The committee has directed Secretary Establishment Division (ED) Rauf Chaudhry to forward the recommendations to the authorities concerned.

The committee was of the view that army personnel should not be deputed to head civilian institutions. Other members of the committee said that rules which discourage competition must be abolished.

“We should send government servants home after 60 years. They should rest and go to the mosque to pray regarding whatever they have done during their service,” remarked Bugti.

Responding to a question, Chaudhary said that a large number of officers are working in MP-I and MP-II in various government departments and autonomous bodies. Their salaries range between Rs250,000 and Rs350,000.

Committee members took serious note of the continuous absence of Secretary Cabinet Division Nargis Sethi from the committee meeting. They were furious that Sethi does not even inform the committee of her inability to attend meetings and decided to send the minutes of the meeting to the PM for necessary action.

The Secretary informed the committee that former rector of the National Institute of Public Policy, a retired general, had appointed some retired army officers in the institute. The committee asked why Director General (DG) Brig (Retd) Shahid Akram Kardar is reluctant to relinquish charge even after his tenure has ended. The Secretary also admitted that the DG has violated the notification issued by the PM Secretariat. Bugti directed Chaudhary to ensure his removal since a violation of the PM’s directives undermines the democratic process.

Bugti said that appointment of retired army officers on civilian posts should come to an end. A senator said that service extensions have led to a huge backlog in
the promotion of civil servants which demoralises
deserving officers.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2011.

COMMENTS (2)

Yasir mahmood | 10 years ago | Reply If the decision is implemented in letter and spirit that would indeed have a positive impact . We are happily welcome the judgment. Well Done and well said Mr bhugti “We should send government servants home after 60 years. They should rest and go to the mosque to pray regarding whatever they have done during their service,” remarked Bugti.
sarbuland ali | 10 years ago | Reply extensions and contracts & inductions ( of retd. army officers & condemned politicions) on senior executive ranks is the root cause of our failing systems and dieing institutions.it should be stopped immediately and everywhere.
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