Senior officer Noorul Amin Mengal of Pakistan Administrative Services (BS 20), who was posted out of province in 2018 to Balochistan on a rotation policy, was back in the saddle in Punjab. Mengal on Thursday was posted as Local Government and Community Development secretary.
Mengal, during his tenure in Balochistan, first served as Principal Secretary to the Balochistan Chief Minister and later in December 2019 he was posted as communication and works secretary.
After serving for well over two years in Balochistan, Mengal is back in Punjab, posted as the Local Government and Community Development secretary.
Though given his preference for field posting, this posting of LG&CD was rumoured to be a stopgap arrangement.
Mengal first saw a certain degree of recognition in the media, when he was posted as Lahore District Coordination Officer. However later, his fame reached new heights during his stint as Punjab Food Authority DG, where he established himself as a go-getter.
It was during his stint as PFA DG, the authority expanded its operation to almost the entire province.
Besides Mengal, on Thursday, Muhammad Abdullah Khan Sumbal (PAS BS-21) was posted as Planning and Development Board chairman relieving Imran Sikandar (PAS BS 20) of the additional charge. Sumbal will also continue to hold his charge as Secretary Finance Department in additional capacity.
Dr Sajid Mehmood Chohan (PAS-BS20) has been relieved of his posting as LG&CD secretary and has been instructed to report to the Services and General Administration Department.
Baber Aman Baber (PAS/BBS19) has been transferred from Special Secretary LG&CD to Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department special secretary.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2021.
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