ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said that the talented, hardworking and honest government employees should be given incentives and encouraged.
Chairing a meeting on civil services reforms at the PM House, the Prime Minister said the proposed incentives to the government officers should be given purely on merit and in a completely transparent manner.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal briefed the meeting on civil services reforms.
Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Senior PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, Special Assistants to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and Khawaja Zaheer, MNA Danial Aziz and Secretary Finance attended the meeting.
The Prime Minister said the proposed incentives to government officers should be given purely on merit and in a completely transparent manner.
He said the system of bureaucracy across the world has grown considerably and we must learn from international best practices while formulating policies by adapting them to our own conditions and circumstances.
He said key national agenda must be clearly defined and bureaucracy held accountable accordingly.
The Prime Minister said our systems needed to be improved drastically and performance evaluation system needed to be changed so that peers and subordinates could also give their evaluation about an officer to obtain a comprehensive report.
He said the government officers should be properly trained to meet the requirements of modern times and steps should be taken to remove overlapping between federal, provincial and local governments.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said career mapping of civil servants should be done effectively and there should be a link between strengths, previous training of an officer and his/ her place of posting.
A comprehensive project solution of a high performance civil service and performance contracting and Management System in light of global best practices would be presented to the Prime Minister in four months.
The Prime Minister said reforms should be started from the federal capital and Islamabad should be presented as a model of good governance and effective service delivery.
He said the government’s priority is the implementation of its Four-E policy given in the manifesto of PML-N consisting on energy, economy, education and health and extremism and public servants should focus on them to provide maximum facilitation to the people at grassroots level.
Nawaz Sharif said a comprehensive survey of all government departments should be undertaken and redundant departments be abolished and added that billions of rupees could be saved just with minor restructuring.
The Prime Minister also gave approval for engaging an international expert for formulating the reforms. Besides, a national workshop on civil service reforms would be held in a month time.
The prime minister said the review of vacant positions in government departments should be done rationally and necessary positions be filled on priority basis abolishing redundant ones.
He said various functions which were transferred to various ministries after devolution should be looked into and re-adjusted wherever required removing any existing anomalies.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said that professionalism must be encouraged and generalists have no space in our system.
This way service delivery to the people can be improved, he remarked.
He said 17 ministries and 66 functions were devolved under 18th amendment due to which there were gaps in coordination between federal and provincial governments.
Civil service restructuring has now become a necessity, he added.
He said an exhaustive consultative process was being undertaken for formulating the proposals.