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January 15, 2020

PM gives go-ahead to fill 129,000 vacant posts

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January 15, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday issued directives to the ministries and divisions to complete the process of recruitment on 129,301 vacant posts within four months.

Briefing newspersons regarding decisions of the federal cabinet, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said no public sector employee would be removed as the government was committed to provide employment, not to make people jobless, as 2020 would be the year of jobs creation.

The Prime Minister directed the ministries and divisions to dispose of all the pending cases of civil servants as per rules and regulations, penalty measures, seniority, promotions and other matters within the period of three months.

He gave the directives after a briefing in which it was told that 106,343 cases of employees had been pending in the ministries and divisions for the last three decades.

Dr Awan said the meeting was also informed 37 million items, including 6,000 official vehicles, of various government departments had been worn out, but no practical steps had been taken to dispose them of.

The Prime Minister tasked the PM’s Delivery Unit to pursue all the relevant ministries to resolve all the pending cases within 45 days, she added. She said the federal cabinet gave approval to the proposal for structural and organisational reforms of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. It noted that restructuring of the ministry was imperative to fulfil the government’s vision of correcting the imbalance in technical and administrative positions from existing 80 per cent staff having no health background to 70 per cent technical staff and 30 per cent administrative ones.

In line with the best international practices, she said, the cabinet approved in principle to change the name of the ministry to the Ministry of Health and Population. As part of the reforms, a completely Continued from page 12

new organogram had been evolved, with key positions filled by technical experts alongside civil servants in high administrative positions that would foster an enabling role for the ministry to function effectively and transparently, she added.

Dr Awan said the cabinet also gave approval for launch of inquiry against five homeopathic colleges working in the country. Steps were being taken to adopt best international practices in the homeopathic sector and the ministry would take concrete measures in that regard, she added.

She said the Civil Aviation Authority briefed the cabinet that in future there would be no need to get a non-objection certificate for building high-rise buildings near airports, which would help attract investment from overseas Pakistanis.

She said the Power Ministry presented a plan to the cabinet, under which the electricity consumers would soon get relief in bills. She said the allied parties of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were part of the government and would remain in future too.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leaders had presented all their concerns to the committee led by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, which had been conveyed to the Prime Minister.

She said the ailing leaders of the PML-N were staying at home instead of being hospitalised and meeting with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and sometime found at a five star hotel having dinner with the family in London.

The Sharif family had been given 48 hours to present a report on the health condition of Nawaz Sharif, she added.

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