Civil Services

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Promises

1.We will transform the civil service into a merit based, depoliticized cadre of professionals.

2.A task force under Dr. Ishrat will oversee merit appointments and will depoliticize the civil service. No political interference will be done. Officers will be given tenure protection.

3.If departments like passport department work on time, they will be given bonuses and will also be penalized for not functioning properly.

Progress

25 August 2018

Under the 10th section of the civil servants act, 1973 major shuffling took place in various federal divisions including that of Establishment, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Statistics, Petroleum, States and Frontier Regions, and the Capital Administration and Development.

29 August 2018

Information minister Chaudhry Fawad told a press conference that Dr Ishrat Husaain, advisor to the Prime Minister on austerity, has been asked to give a plan on civil services reforms within 90 days.
Jahanzeb Khan was appointed as the chairman of Federal Bureau of Revenue, this appointment is especially important as Khan has been chosen to lead one of the Imran Khan’s biggest election promises, freeing FBR from exploitation.

6 September 2018

Three task forces for the reforms of civil services, austerity and restructuring of government were officially approved by the Prime Minister Imran Khan.

27 September 2018

Two reforms committees have been put in place that will prepare civil services reforms for the task forces setup by the federal government, according to Akbar Durrani, Chief Secretary Punjab. Civil services reforms were intended at improving supplies of clean drinking water, health, education and other basic necessities.
Previously there was a reservation regarding the nomenclature of the task force, out of the 19 members 13 belonged to the Pakistan Administrative service (PAS) which meant reforms will slant in the favor of PAS. But it was decided during the meeting that officers from all sectors will be taken on board before issuing the reforms agenda.

1 October 2018

A committee was formed to reform the provincial civil services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The committee would look over appointment, posting, career progression, curbing political interference in bureaucracy and revisiting mode and syllabus for competitive examination among other things. However the notification forming the committee did not mention a deadline for the committee to file its review.

10 October 2018

During a meeting with Dr Hussain bureaucrats rejected to cooperate with the Prime Minister’s task force created to bring forth a reforms agenda because their reservation of not having a representation in the task force had not been dealt with. According to the officers, Dr Hussain did not respond positively to their demands as he didn’t consider representation as an issue of civil service.

16 October 2018

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government eliminated 6,500 low-cadre posts because they were in function since the British era and now due to development of technology they were rendered obsolete. This abolishment of posts would save the national treasury from a burden of Rs4 Billion.

24 November 2018

A summary of recommendation regarding tenure of officers was presented before a cabinet headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Recommendations regarding curbing the interference of the Home Department in the police and advertisements for inducting BS-19 and above officers should be given into the media to induct talented people were given. But these recommendations were straight out rejected by Imran Khan’s ministers. Dr Hussain also said that they plan on proposing the reforms in different phases rather than in a single document which they believe does not help in the implementation process.