ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission may be sleeping but the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) has declared the process of recruitment of hundreds of political appointees in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) just ahead of general election as illegal. The FPSC says appointments have to be advertised through it as laid down in the rules, documents available with The News reveal.
All is set for hundreds of illegal political recruitment in the two major hospitals of the federal capital, just ahead ofgeneral election and to avoid any finger raising many posts have been advertised as contractual posts.
The chief justice of Pakistan has also been asked, in black and white, by doctors and staff members of PIMS and Federal Government Services Hospital to take notice of this pre-poll rigging by stuffing the hospitals with political appointees just ahead of election.
Details reveal that both the hospitals of the federal capital have advertised over 450 posts from BS-1 to BS-20 without informing the Establishment Division and Finance Division as mandatory approval is required. Even the FPSC has not been taken on board for hiring in grades 17 and above.
The application sent to the Human Rights Cell of Supreme Court says that PIMS and FGSH advertised the posts on contract basis without getting permission from the Finance Division and Establishment Division which is basic requirement for recruitment of posts. “The posts of grade-17 to grade-20 in federal government should be advertised through FPSC. It is a big corruption before the coming election process to oblige the jiyalas by illegal recruitments”, the application says. Sources in PIMS and FGHS say that lists are being compiled of the successful candidates while the last date for applying was yet to come.
The Executive Director of FGSH, Dr Shaukat Kiani, when approached by The News said that the posts which have been advertised for contract employment for one year and it has been mentioned in the advertisement that the recruitment may also be upon availability of FPSC. He mentioned that over two hundred posts in FGSH were vacant and FPSC takes very long process that is why the hospital has advertised appointments against contract posts. Dr Kiani also said that many cases of promotion were also pending and the government had also imposed ban on the appointments. “We sought the approval of the prime minister to fill over two hundred posts and PM was very ‘kind’ to give a nod of approval”, the ED said. He dispelled the impression about stuffing any political workers against the so-called advertised posts.
On the other hand, PIMS has been asked by the FPSC not to hire people in grade-17 and above without its approval as these seats have to be filled through FPSC.
The letter of FPSC dated January 03, 2013 to ED PIMS says “I am directed to refer to your advertisement No.F.7-612012(Rect)/Admin-IH dated 20th December, 2012 downloaded from PIMS website for recruitment to the various posts in your department and to say that according to rule 10 of Civil Servant (Appointment, Promotion and Transfer), 1973 posts from BS-16 and above are required to be filled in through the Federal Public Service Commission. The said rule is reproduced as under-
“Initial appointment to the All Pakistan Services, the Civil Services of the Federation and posts in connection with the affairs of the federation in basic pay scales 16 and above or equivalent, except those which under the Federal Public Service Commission (Functions) Rules, 1978, do not fall within the purview of the Commission, shall be made on the basis of tests and examinations to be conducted by the Commission”.
Moreover, the above provision as elaborated in rule 14 of the said rules. The same is also reflected in FPSC Ordinance, 1977 and FPSC Functions Rule 1978.
In view of the above the decision of PIMS to fill the position in BS-16 and above is not in order. It is therefore; requested that requisition against BS-16 and above posts lying vacant in the department reserved for direct recruitment may be forwarded to FPSC on FPSC prescribed Requisition Form No. 21 along with all supporting documents. The ED of PIMS is not in the country.