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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

PEW blames weak civil service for sluggish social, economic growth

ISLAMABAD, Dec 29 : The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Wednesday said weakness of the civil service is one of the factors constraining Pakistan’s social and economic development.

A non-political, modern, effective, responsive, capable and motivated public service based on an institutionalized merit system is needed for progress, it said.

Civil servants should be provided equal opportunity and transparency should be ensured in appointments, postings and promotions, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.

He said that the Central Selection Board (CSB) will take decision about promotion of many officers on 31st December. Thirteen police officers will also be promoted to Grade 20.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that the decision to promote officers would be taken on the basis of their Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) and Senior Management Course (SMC) at National School of Public Policy.

However, he said, the procedure need alteration as supervisory officers would rarely write adverse remarks in ACRs to avoid hard feelings. Therefore, the criteria of promotion must be modified and general reputation should also be considered. Reports of different anti-corruption agencies can also be looked into.

He said that majority of the officers involved in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KP) FC recruitment scam, Hazara timer fiddle, arms purchase swindle, cardamom scandal, and those accused of stopping inquiries in mega scams in Nowshera, also have positive remarks on their ACRs.

Amazingly three DIGs in KP were promoted from BPS 19 to 20 despite being under suspension and under inquiries, he said.

He said that NAB, FIA, Anti Corruption Establishments and departmental inquiry committees have proved charges of corruption against hundreds of officers in almost every department but it seldom reflects promotions process which is unfortunate.

The inquiries conducted against federal officers when they served in provinces and attach departments should also be presented in the CSB meeting.

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