While answering questions on officials working on deputation in the Sindh government, despite the Supreme Court orders, Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla said that he appointed a school headmaster as his personal secretary, although such a post was not notified.
He said that he did so with the approval of the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD). Kumar informed the house that some officials were still working in the Sindh government on deputation despite Supreme Court orders against such a practice.
Responding to questions and supplementary queries by various MPAs, Mukesh said that around 81 officers/officials were removed or transferred recently, but some were still working at the Sindh Secretariat.
The minister said that he sent a list of such officials to the S&GAD to remove them in compliance with the SC order, but the same was not being implemented. When Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said it implies that the practice would continue, the minister said: “it is like a football game”.
Elaborating, he said some officials were expelled, while others retained.Jam Tamachi said Sindh had been suffering deterioration in its governance for the last 15 to 20 years because of appointments on deputation and OPS as these posts were mainly meant to mint money.
When Humera Alwani said the SC recently ordered the Sindh government to end all such appointments, Kumar said they were trying to implement the order.The minister was put in an awkward position when Marvi Rashdi asked him to read his written reply. Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah opposed it by saying that the woman legislator was questioning the order of the speaker. However, the speaker said that he was a facilitator and the MPA had the right to make such demand.