PESHAWAR: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPAs in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa seek the reactivation of a government notification on jobs for relatives of deceased government employees.
According to official sources in the Civil Secretariat, in 2006 the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) government had incorporated amendments in service rules. These were meant to afford job opportunities to deceased employees’ immediate relatives – offspring or spouse. One immediate member would be employed on vacant posts which might lie anywhere between grade 1 to 15.
“The MMA government had amended the service rules of 1999 to provide relief to relatives of deceased government employees,” an official of the Civil Secretariat’s law department told The Express Tribune on Thursday.
“If any relative—son or daughter or spouse—was to be appointed on the post vacated by the deceased employee, they would need to be duly qualified for it,” said the official. “It was meant for grade 1 to 15,” he added.
However, the coalition government of Awami National Party and Pakistan Peoples Party amended the rules again on August 31, 2012 and relatives of the deceased could then only be accommodated on grade 1 to 10 posts.
Now PML-N MPAs Sardar Aurangzeb Nalotha and Muhammad Sheeraz have submitted a notice in the K-P Assembly Secretariat to bring the issue to the assembly floor and to convince the house to re-activate MMA’s September 2006 notification which opened up jobs from grade 1 to 15.
Those familiar with the matter at the Civil Secretariat said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government upgraded senior clerks, assistants and superintendents to grade-10 and above. This, they said, has rendered the ANP government’s change to the service rules useless for relatives of deceased employees.
“Now government departments can only induct deceased employees’ relatives as Class-IV employees or as drivers in any department,” added one official.
The PML-N law makers were not available for comments despite several attempts.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2014.
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