Senior bureaucrats lack competence and initiative: PM

Published: February 9, 2015
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A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called upon the Evaluation, Monitoring and Delivery Cell on Monday to express concern over the bureaucracy’s incompetence and inefficiency in regards to service delivery.

Following the recent fuel crisis, the prime minister has decided to bring about holistic reforms in the civil service structure within four months.

Earlier on Sunday, the premier set up an Evaluation, Monitoring and Delivery Cell in the Prime Minister’s Office to keep strict tabs on the workings of key ministries.

The decision came after the premier chaired meeting for two consecutive days in which the reform agenda of the government came under discussion.

Addressing a follow-up meeting on the setting up of the cell the prime minister said, “The government is committed to improve efficiency of key service delivery ministries to bring improvement in the standard of living of the people and to ensure provision of basic facilities of life at grassroots level in all parts of the country.”

“The evaluation of government officers and staff should be done in a meaningful way so that the best of the best can be brought forward to improve government’s functioning and service delivery to the people,” he added.

He added the government is focusing on an agenda of economic growth and structural reforms both in the long and short terms.

“Civil service reforms should be oriented towards ensuring welfare of the people.”

The premier further said the best international practices should be followed by bringing about reforms in the civil service in addition to studying the previous studies conducted domestically on the subject.

He said the government is focusing on an agenda of economic growth and structural reforms both in the long and short term. “Civil Service reforms should be oriented towards ensuring the welfare of the people,” he said.

“It is a point of concern that various officers even at senior levels are lacking in competence and initiative which is hampering service delivery to the people.”

Further, he asked for a detailed report be presented to him within four months for bringing about holistic reforms in the civil service structure.

Just yesterday, in what appeared to be the first exercise of its kind since taking office, the prime minister paid a surprise visit to two commercial centres of the capital city Islamabad, interacting with shoppers and shopkeepers alike, to take stock of how the government’s recent initiatives have had an effect on prices of daily-use commodities.

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The premier has called a follow-up meeting in this regard next week.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Anusha Rehman, the premier’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif, PM’s special assistants Khawaja Zaheer, Tariq Fatemi and MNA Danial Aziz attended the meeting.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Fawad
    Feb 9, 2015 - 4:21PM

    Under what capacity did the premiers daughter Maryam Nawaz attend this meeting? Setting an example of nepotism right from the top.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 9, 2015 - 4:38PM

    The pot calling the kettle black…….now that’s a laugh. Does he not realize that the politician is the bureaucrats boss…….at least in theory.Recommend

  • Haris
    Feb 9, 2015 - 4:45PM

    Reality Check: PSO is still working without a permanent MD….Recommend

  • pakistani
    Feb 9, 2015 - 4:50PM

    yes, and replacing them with your relatives is setting a good standard?Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Feb 9, 2015 - 4:56PM

    Senior bureaucrats lack competence and initiative: PM
    Trickle-down effect. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Feb 9, 2015 - 4:57PM

    The Civil service and their political masters have one aim and that is to fleece money from the public. 99% of both are corrupt and never have and never will have any interest in serving the public. NS should try one simple thing near his Islamabad home and go to the corrupt CDA and try to find out if plots have been cancelled and see how many times he is made to go back to find the answer to such a simple question.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Feb 9, 2015 - 5:17PM

    I thought the same can be said for ‘Senior Politicians’….Recommend

  • A-No.1
    Feb 9, 2015 - 5:27PM

    ” to express concern over the bureaucracy’s incompetence ”

    What about your own? Kindly spare the poor masses.Recommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Feb 9, 2015 - 5:29PM

    With services training in the hands of shifarishis and durbaris the services are on the downhill.

    Look at the qualifications and competence of those at the services academies, the NMC and the rest – the worst …Recommend

  • Anarchist
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:20PM

    @Fawad: In the same capacity Maryam’s sband, Safdar, is busy doling out 4 billion development funds amongst MNAs and MPAs.

    I demand immediate defence from darbari Adnan Siddiqui. Please say something to defend badshah salamat, shehzadi and val-e-ahd e sultanat. Recommend

  • Waseem
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:24PM

    I have to agree on PM’s “bureaucracy’s incompetence and inefficiency”. They are part of cycle of incompetency and they fail to deliver masses. An act of serious negligence. They MUST be accountable. Recommend

  • sonia
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:59PM

    Look who’s talkinRecommend

  • SM
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:07PM

    Politicians also lack competence and basic common sense. Their agenda is only looting the country.Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Competent and innovator pm addressing mistakenly to his dimwit followersRecommend

  • SAADA
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:14PM

    look who is talking :DRecommend

  • aliya
    Feb 9, 2015 - 7:43PM

    Fixing tenure of bureaucrats will only help achieve some efficiencies….not left right marching orders from brother dearest Shahbaz sharifRecommend

  • Asad
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:15PM

    @ Muhammad: please do not generalize that 99% civil servants are corrupt. It is only 10-15% black sheeps who are favorites our elected people’s representatives who you and me vote to power. There are amazing people with commitment working day and night for welfare of our future generations.

    Please tell me- will you be willing to work for Rs. 62000 after having 15 years of experience, in Gilgit or Khuzdar, if you have a highly marketable degree from Harvard or London School of Economics? You were offered a job in reputed organizations and you opted to join Civil Service. Before any cynicism prevails, your degree was not financed by Govt. I know a number of such unsung heroes. You know even the salary of a sweeper of courts is higher than Assistant Commissioners or ASPs! Needless to say highest tax payers are salaried class from public as well as private sector. Where are rest of us as nation and keyboard critics when it comes to fulfill our obligations.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Feb 9, 2015 - 10:08PM

    @Asad: You make sense to me. The fact is when corruption and incompetence start from the top then one can’t expect the rest of government servants to do their jobs like they are suppose to. It seems about 20% of the civil service cadre has aligned themselves with who ever is running the government which is shameful, the other 80% are doing their jobs honestly and diligently but with heavy hearts and reservations. I say the incompetence, corruption and nepotism is the hall mark of the NS government, they are following in the foot steps of previous PPP government.Recommend

  • Dear
    Feb 9, 2015 - 11:59PM

    The old British entrenched bureaucratic system must go. Try some new model. Also, we need a Presidential system so ministers can be chosen from technocrats and they should not be necessarily members of Parliament. A dysfunctional civilian govt. makes space for military rule. Get the house in order, please.Recommend

  • Wizarat
    Feb 10, 2015 - 3:33AM

    Maybe Kulsoom is more competent.
    Mr. PM it always happens when you do not work on Merit but sifarish and their loyalty to you and not to the constitution or the land.Recommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Feb 10, 2015 - 9:16AM

    Salary is only a tip of the iceberg… the perks, the power, the misuse.

    There are some who want to die in office even when they have no hair left on their heads…

    No one is doing any favour Sir. There are many whose names I do not want to write.Recommend

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