ISLAMABAD: The Establishment Division is all set to conduct the Central Selection Board (CSB) meeting from Monday (today) to reconsider the promotions of 1,164 civil servants of grades 19, 20 and 21 under the new Office Memorandum (OM) approved by the prime minister.
The week-long process will be held in the Establishment Division as per the directives of the Supreme Court issued on April 13 this year where it gave 10 weeks to the division to devise a new policy for promotions.
The court had set aside the promotions of over 300 bureaucrats notified in May 2015 after dozens of civil servants moved the court against the CSB for favouring blue-eyed persons. The cut-off time for holding the board meeting was June 22.
The court battle was under way since the announcement of promotions in 2015, but earlier this year the court directed the Establishment Division to do away with the five overriding marks to oust and induct civil servants in different groups.
“The OM approved by the prime minister is in light of Supreme Court’s orders in which more powers have been given to the board to avoid any litigation and embarrassment at the hands of court(s),” said a senior official in the Establishment Division, who asked for anonymity.
The division had dropped the OM of 2012 and 2014 following the court’s order for the CSB as a yardstick to go ahead, he said.
“They have made a new policy by giving more powers to the members of the board,” the official added.
In the CSB 2015, about 466 bureaucrats were considered for promotions from grades 20 to 21 and 698 from grades 19 to 20. Of these, about 479 officers were promoted in Pakistan Administrative Service, Secretariat Group, Police Service of Pakistan, including officers of other occupational groups and ex-cadre.
The CSB —comprising 18 officers, including chief secretaries, IGs and two politicians — recommends promotions from Grade 19 to Grade 20 and from Grade 20 to Grade 21.