With eye on elections, Punjab govt to fill vacant posts in different depts

Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal instructs administrative secretaries to start recruitment process from grade 1 to 15

In a bid to prepare for the upcoming general elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led Punjab government has decided to fill vacant seats in different departments.

For the purpose, Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal Saturday directed all departments to start recruiting suitable candidates for vacant seats. He issued these instructions while presiding over a meeting of administrative secretaries at the Civil Secretariat.

All the administrative secretaries briefed the meeting on the number of vacant posts in their respective departments. However, the chief secretary instructed them to fill-up the posts from grade 1 to 15 to overcome a “shortage of manpower”. “Recruitments should be done purely on merit,” Afzal ordered and said that the recruitment process would help improve functioning of the departments. He further said that transfers and postings of employees in their respective departments should be based on performance after due diligence.

The meeting reviewed the Annual Development Programme and the utilisation of funds by different departments, the situation of dengue, coronavirus and pending inquiries and pension cases. Last week, the chief secretary in a meeting expressed his displeasure over the non-utilisation of funds by different departments during the first quarter of the current fiscal year. The chief secretary said that uplift schemes and infrastructure play a key role in socio-economic development, and asked administrative secretaries to ensure timely utilisation of funds and transparency in the annual development program.

The chief secretary also appreciated the services of the P&D chairman and the finance secretary in connection with the approval of schemes and the release of funds. Furthermore, the chief secretary directed all departments to implement guidelines to curb the spread of dengue and coronavirus. He also asked them to ensure an early resolution of complaints received through the Pakistan Citizen’s Portal. He also issued directives for expeditious disposal of pending inquiries and pension cases.

Samiullah Randhawa is a correspondent covering environment, climate change, food, water and ecology. He is an International Center For Journalists alumnus and a fellow at Kettering Foundation Ohio, USA. He has won two Agahi Awards for reporting on climate change and water crisis. He tweets @sami_randhawa and can be reached at samiullahfarid@gmail.com.