Future of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) now hangs in the balance, as the federal government may issue notification in the coming days to officially make an end to this ministry due to increasing administrative problems, the sources said here on Saturday.
The sources said the Planning Commission received input from the participants of the meeting of the secretaries recently held in Islamabad and forwarded recommendation to the federal government to abolish the Ministry of CAD and transfer all those departments currently working under it to other relevant federal ministries with an aim to improve their working and performance.
Under the Presidential Ordinance No-18 of 1980, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administratively attained provincial status but later after passage of the 18th Amendment the federal capital got three parallel systems that are still being run by separate authorities.
As a result, the executioners of the systems are somehow confused on some specific functions they all are performing at a time. The establishment of Islamabad High Court (IHC) is an evidence of the fact that Islamabad currently has a status of a province so there should be no confusion at all in respect of the administrative powers.
Needlessly, there is a lot of confusion and practically a mess as three imposing bodies are simultaneously meddling in the capital’s administration including the Ministry of CAD, Capital Development Authority (CDA) and ICT led by the Chief Commissioner so the government thought it advisable to get out of this situation that is badly affecting the working of all these departments.
If the federal government finally decides to abolish the CAD Ministry then seven departments would be transferred to the Ministry of Education and Training including the Federal Directorate of Education, Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary, Federal College of Education, Academy of Educational Planning and Management, National Education Assessment Centre, Directorate General of Special Education, National Institute of Science and Technical Education and Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority, while administrative control of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and Polyclinic would be shifted to the Ministry of National Health Services.
Other department that would be transferred to different federal ministries include Social Welfare and Child Welfare Development, FG Polytechnic Institute of Women, Department of Libraries, Department of Archaeology and Museums, Department of Tourism Services, Central Board of Film Censors; Mainstreaming Population Factor in Development Planning, Management and Distribution of Zakat and Ushr, Youth Centers and Hostels; Animal Quarantine Department/Stations, facilities, Training and Education and Rehabilitation of Disabled and Charitable Endowment for Federal Area.
Initially there was a department namely Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) that was later changed into the Ministry of CAD and it was created upon the deliberations and decision of the Implementation Commission, constituted under clause (9) of Article 270 AA and with the approval of the cabinet, and it started its work directly under the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretariat.
The notification issued at that time by the government stated: “The new division shall execute within the jurisdiction of the federal capital area and all such functions handled by the abolished and would-be abolished ministries, and also such functions as allocated to it henceforth with and from time to time.”
The official record showed that there was also a formal proposal in December 2011 to put an end to CADD and transfer all its institutions to other public sector departments, but then prime minister rejected the proposal and decided to retain it due to some specific reasons.
When contacted, former CAD Secretary Shaighan Sharif Malik said there was some kind of discussion about future of the CAD Ministry but no formal proposal was floated to abolish it after installation of the PML-N government.
“I had not worked on any proposal regarding abolishment of the CAD Ministry till my retirement last month. Let’s see what happens in the coming days as the government is free to take any decision,” he said.
CAD Ministry spokesman Rafiq Tahir told this correspondent that he has no knowledge about any kind of proposal to abolish the CAD Ministry and one can say that it is just like a rumour without having any concrete evidence.
“No one in the CAD Ministry is doubtful about its future but if any decision has been taken at the highest level to make an end to this ministry then it is yet to officially convey through a circular,” he said.