LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has hinted that an ordinance may be promulgated to hold government officers accountable for delaying official files for more than five days. “I will try to convince the prime minister and chief minister for the promulgation of the ordinance as early as possible.”
He expressed these views while speaking to the media and addressing a ceremony organised to distribute ration among rickshaw drivers in collaboration with the King Salman Relief Centre and Hayat Foundation at Governor’s House on Wednesday.
King Salman Relief Centre Deputy Director Muhammad Yousaf, Hayat Foundation’s Muhammad Shahzad, Governor’s Political Secretary Mian Kashif Iqbal, Awami Rickshaw Union President Majeed Ghauri, social workers and others were present on the occasion.
The governor stressed that the bureaucrats must perform their duties actively for the progress and prosperity of the country. He maintained that it was his objective to ensure safe drinking water for the people who were still being denied this basic human need and contracting life-threatening diseases.
Lamenting that the number of new coronavirus cases had started surging, the governor warned that the government would be left with no option but to enforce lockdown with strict restrictions.
The governor highlighted that the Punjab Development Network had provided ration to over 570,000 poor families since the coronavirus pandemic started.
Replying to a question, the governor stated that the entire bureaucracy was not incompetent but there were a few black sheep who created hurdles in the smooth functioning of the official working and providing relief to poor people.
He confirmed that he would soon speak to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and suggest promulgation of an ordinance to push government officers not to block official files for months in their offices but move them within five days.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2020.