Sindh seeks increased representation in federal bureaucracy
Friday, March 13, 2009
By Imtiaz Ali
Courtesy and Thanks: The News
Karachi- The Sindh government has approached the federal government for increasing the number of officers, including secretaries, from Sindh in the federal bureaucracy to address the ‘sense of deprivation’ in the province, Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro said on Thursday.
The minister informed the Sindh Assembly during a question-hour on Services General Administration (SGA) and Coordination Department that the Sindh chief minister and the chief secretary have held talks with the federal government in this regard because some people in Sindh ‘have reservations’ over the lack of officers from the province in Grade 20 and above in the federal bureaucracy.
Soomro said this when National People’s Party (NPP) legislator Arif Mustafa Jatoi in a supplementary question raised the issue saying that there were a total of 125 Grade 20 officers in the federal government out of the sanctioned posts of 1,000. Jatoi said that there were 45 Grade 21 officers from Sindh while the Sindh quota was 345. Similarly, he said, there were a total 10 Grade 22 officers, while the sanctioned number of posts was 111.
The NPP leader said that Sindh generated 60 per cent of the total revenue of the country while its population was 30 per cent of the country. He said that ministers come and go while bureaucrats were here to stay for a long time. He said it was the bureaucracy which prepares projects and wondered how they would represent Sindh when their number in the federal bureaucracy was negligible.
Humera Alwani of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said that this issue was also raised in the Parliament recently where federal minister Baber Awan said that Sindh’s representation in the federal bureaucracy was only nine per cent. She said that perhaps Sindh’s officers did not want to go there because they were not being ‘provided the same facilities and were not treated equally’.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, who is also minister for the SGA, said that probably the federal government did not encourage officers having domiciles from Sindh to work in the federal bureaucracy.
However, it was also reported that Sindh’s officers, while working in Islamabad, also maintained their houses here in Karachi. He said that if the officers were not working in the federal bureaucracy, it was neither fault of the federal government nor of the Sindh government, instead it was attitude problem (of the society).
In written a reply, the members were informed that there were 30 vehicles for protocol duty in Sindh.
There were certain districts where Grade 18 officers were appointed as Executive District Officers (EDOs) Revenue though it was Grade 19 posts. Responding to a supplementary question by Arif Jatoi, the CM Sindh said that though the Sindh cabinet had decided that this practice would be ended, the revenue department was exempted from this decision. “Because there were less than the required number of officers in Grade 19.”
To another question by Marvi Rashdi that there was no female EDO among 23 EDOs, the CM said that they would prefer appointing females provided they were available in these grades.
On the occasion, Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said that for the first time in the history of Sindh, the first female SP has been appointed in the police department. He said that female cops would be given Rs2,000 extra allowance as compared to the male and urged lady legislators to encourage girls to join the police force.
In his written reply to a question of Humera Alwani, the CM said that the performance of Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) was up to the mark and some more measures were being taken to improve its performance. “These reforms pertained to providing funds for investigation as each inquiry in a case cost Rs12,000 to Rs15,000, besides increasing number of staff, provision of transport facility and recruitment of officials on merit.”
Replying to a question of Arif Jatoi, the CM said the total cost of two BMW model vehicles delivered to the Sindh government in the year 2008 was Rs71,126,800.
To another question by Nadeem Bhutto of the PPP, Shah said that the inquiry judge had submitted a report against former chairman of the Sindh Public Service Commission over alleged misconduct.
Marvi Rashdi of the PML-F said that her two questions were not responded, though five reminders were given to the department concerned, to which the law minister on behalf of the CM said that he would furnish a detailed reply during the next session.
Courtesy and Thanks: The News