Establishment Division greenlights new CDA hires

Published: January 10, 2018


ISLAMABAD: Having remained vacant for years, the government has okayed recruitment on 75 key posts in the civic agency’s engineering and planning wings.

The Establishment Division has issued no objection certificates (NOC) for hiring officers in the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on a regular basis, a longstanding demand of the body, but one which was never granted by the government before.

According to official documents available with The Express Tribune, the Establishment Division’s management services wing has issued the NOC for hiring on four posts in basic pay scale (BPS) grade-18 including the deputy director civil, deputy director engineering and maintenance (E&M), and two deputy directors for planning.

Moreover, the establishment division also granted NOC for 37 posts in BPS-17, including 11 assistant directors for E&M, 12 civil assistant directors, 11 town planners, one traffic engineer, one assistant town planner and one boiler engineer.

The management services wing also gave the go-ahead for recruiting officials for three posts in BPS-16 including two assistant town planners and an assistant quantity surveyor. Further, 30 posts for civil sub-engineers in BPS-14 and one post in BPS-11 for surveyor were approved.

According to CDA documents, 33 of these new hires will come from the Punjab quota, 13 posts will be filled on open merit, 12 will be filled from the Sindh quota, seven from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), four from Balochistan, five from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Gilgit –Baltistan (G-B). There is no share for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

In BPS-18, three of the posts will be filled by candidates who will apply on merit, while two will be filled from the Punjab quota. In BPS-17, five posts will be filled through open merit, 16 from Punjab, six from Sindh, two from K-P, three from Balochistan and three from Fata and G-B.

However, in BPS-16, all the posts will be filled on merit.

Two posts in BPS-14 will be filled on merit, 15 will be from the Punjab quota, six from Sindh, four from K-P, one from Balochistan and two from Fata and G-B. The BPS-11 post of surveyor will be filled on merit.

CDA Member Planning Asad Mehbood Kiyani explained that the Planning and Design wing plans for all the urban and rural areas within the framework of the existing Master Plan. It analyses the housing needs of the city and responds according to the trends of the market.

It has five directorates are under it, including housing society directorate, traffic engineering and transport planning cell, architecture directorate, regional planning directorate and structure directorate.

Kiyani said that all the directorates are playing key roles in the planning, development, designing of the capital and due to the shortage of human resources, the performance of wings had been badly affected.

The new recruitment, he hoped, would improve the performance of CDA tremendously. 

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2018.

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