IN THE NEWS: PM IMRAN VOWS TO DEPOLITICISE BUREAUCRACY, ENSURE MERIT BASED APPOINTMENTS (SEPTEMBER 14, 2018)

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PM Imran vows to depoliticise bureaucracy, ensure merit-based appointments
SOURCE: The Express Tribune
Friday, September 14, 2018
By DANISH HUSSAIN

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday vowed to depoliticize the bureaucracy in an address to civil servants at the Prime Minister House.

He said the government wanted to uplift the bureaucracy by ensuring merit-based appointments and ending political pressure at time of appointments.

The prime minister added that he had instructed the chair of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to not humiliate anyone under investigation after receiving complaints from the bureaucracy. At the same time, however, civil officers need to work for our success, said PM Imran.

He appealed to the bureaucracy for their support to implement the government’s austerity-based measures and to curb corruption. PM Khan reiterated corruption had devastated the country’s institutions and remained the biggest problem.

The premier also asked civil servants to bear with the government as it instituted long-delayed reforms and assured them that their salaries would improve within the next two years.

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Prime Minister Imran will inaugurate two new trains later on Friday in what is being publicised as the first milestone of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led (PTI) government’s 100-day plan.

The two new trains, Rawalpindi Express and Mianwali Rail, will further expand services offered by Pakistan Railways.

In a major ongoing reshuffle of bureaucrats, the federal cabinet has transferred or posted over 100 officers in major ministries and departments and the process would continue in the coming days.

Talking about recent reshuffling, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had clarified the government was transferring officers who had spent over ten years in a province. He also said that in line with the government’s target of improving governance in deprived areas of the country, senior bureaucrats were to be posted in Balochistan.

The proposed reforms in civil services are being drafted by a task force headed by the PM’s Advisor on Establishment Mohammad Shehzad Arbab.

 

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