Newly appointed chief secretary takes charge in Punjab

Pledges merit, transparency to improve performance of departments

​ Our Correspondent April 26, 2020
Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: The newly appointed Chief Secretary Punjab Jawwad Rafique Malik took charge of his office on Saturday.

Malik belongs to the 15th Common of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and was previously posted as Federal Secretary Communication Division.

He had also served on important positions in Punjab including senior member board of revenue, secretary health, secretary local government, commissioner Lahore, additional secretary home and director food Punjab.

After taking the charge, the chief secretary chaired a high-level meeting.

Senior Member Board of Revenue Babar Hayat Tarar, Additional Chief Secretary Home Momin Agha, Secretary Specialised Health Nabeel Awan, Secretary Primary Health Capt (retd) Muhammad Usman and Secretary Industries Capt (retd) Zafar Iqbal briefed the chief secretary about important departmental issues.

Speaking at the meeting, the chief secretary said that in accordance with the government’s policy, resolving people’ problems and improving governance and public service delivery must be a priority.

“In order to provide relief to masses we will have to implement directions of the government in letter and spirit. We have to work as a team to defeat coronavirus, dengue and other challenges,” he said.

He directed that merit and transparency should be promoted to improve performance of departments.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2020.