Tensions were high at the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), as its secretary and joint educational adviser were transferred on charges of “bad governance”.
CADD Secretary Faridullah Khan was transferred on Friday on charges of “bad governance”. Communications Secretary Fateh Muhammad was given the additional charge of CADD secretary.
Khan has been transferred to Pakistan Tobacco Board, Peshawar, as its chairman.
On the other hand, Additional Secretary (AS) Qaiser Majeed has again been assigned in CADD. His services were earlier turned down by Khan, who reassigned him to the Establishment Division (ED), Majeed’s parent department.
This turned into a tug-of-war between the two officers as Majeed approached higher offices in the ED against his removal. The tussle continued for few months and seems to have concluded with Khan’s transfer.
According to sources in CADD, besides the tussle, there were several managerial and administrative issues, which the minister, Barrister Usman Ibrahim, thought were not being addressed properly despite several requests. These included education and health issues.
Khan was also charged with “bad governance” and irregularities in appointments in various departments of CADD.
Issues in the education sector of the capital are increasing day-by-day, as according to sources, about 10 CADD departments lack permanent heads.
Meanwhile, at the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), 12 directors have been appointed against eight seats.
Non-teaching staff associations also reported to have written applications to the PM’s office over the “sorry state of affairs at educational institutes in the capital”.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Khan said there were no such issues and refuted claims of any tussle with the additional secretary.
Moreover, CADD Joint Education Advisor Rafique Tahir has been transferred to the Planning Commission.
Tahir was reprimanded by the minister on several occasions. Sources said that the minister was also unsatisfied with Tahir’s performance and several inquiries are pending against him.
The charges included failure to resolve teachers hiring issues for the FDE as he was also its acting DG.
Tahir was not available for comment.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th,2014.