The federal government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has approved reforms in the laws and regulations related to government employees.
The reforms were approved at a meeting of the federal cabinet, announced by Federal Minister for Education and Vocational Training Shafqat Mahmood in a media briefing in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Shafqat Mahmood said that due to lack of ambiguity and accuracy in the policies of government employees, it becomes difficult to run the state system properly and that is why the government had decided to introduce reforms in the laws and regulations related to government employees.
The Federal Minister has approved the following changes in the laws and regulations relating to government employees.
1. The evaluation board has been given more (30%) powers for the promotion of government employees while the marks of annual performance report and training courses will be 40% and 30% respectively.
2. If there is a pending case against a government employee for corruption in NAB, FIA or any other agency, that government employee will not get the right to promotion.
3. The promotion of a government employee can be considered if a corruption case against him has been pending for three years.
4. In case of early retirement, the decision regarding 20th-grade employees will be taken by the head of the Federal Public Service Commission and the decision on early retirement of 17th to 19th-grade officers will be taken by the secretary of the department.
5. If a Government Employee’s three consecutive Annual Performance Reports (ACRs) are on average or below, this may lead to the premature retirement of that employee.
6. If the Promotion Board decides not to promote a government employee three times in a row, it may also lead to premature resignation of that employee.
7. Government employees may face premature retirement in the event of a plebiscite or voluntary refund in a corruption reference and may face disciplinary action.
8. Character or any other moral weakness can lead to the premature retirement of a government employee.
9. Time has been set aside for each phase of the investigation against government employees so that each inquiry will be completed in a total of 105 days.
The employee facing the inquiry will respond to the first explanation within 14 days while the inquiry committee will complete the investigation within 60 days and the competent officer will be bound to pronounce the verdict within the next 30 days.
10. In the case of multiple investigations against a government employee, all the cases will be collected and presented before an officer.
11. In addition to the Provincial Chief Secretary, the Establishment Division will also be able to conduct inquiries against the officers of the Pakistan Administrative Service stationed in the provinces.
12 Recruitment of government employees below BPS 17 can be done through newspaper advertisements or any other means.
13 The tenure of a Pakistan Administrative Service and Pakistan Police Service officer in one province will be three years and two years in a hard area, while an officer will not be able to work in a province for more than ten years in total. Every officer must be posted in the provinces as well as in the federation.
14. The promotions of the officers of these two services were linked to the rotation policy.
15 It has also been decided to reduce the number of employees in the Pakistan Administrative Service.