PM orders review on reducing occupational groups

Restructuring civil service

December 06, 2017

ISLAMABAD - rime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday directed the Establishment Division to review the need for reducing the number of occupational groups as part of the federal civil services in view of the reduced domain of the federal government after the 18th Amendment.

According to a statement issued by the PM’s Office, Abbasi chaired a meeting on civil service reforms at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Meanwhile, a detailed briefing was given to the prime minister by Minister for Planning, Development and Reform on various proposals aimed at restructuring of the present structure of the civil service in order to make it more vibrant, professional and capable of bracing modern-day challenges.

The prime minister, during the meeting, observed that there was a need to review the methodology of induction in order to address issues resulting in low success rate in the competitive examinations.

It was therefore decided to undertake an in-depth analysis of the FPSC results data for the past three years and to make comparative analysis of the recruitment process with other developing countries.

The statement said, on improving standards of professional training, it was decided, in principle, to upgrade and elevate National School of Public Policy to the status of National University of Public Policy and Administration.

The prime minister directed that the process of legislation should be initiated to give effect to the proposal.

It was also decided to continue the consultative process to review the incentive structure for the bureaucracy, which is the biggest impediment in getting a quality human resource in the civil services.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Interior and Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Public Service Commission Chairman Naveed Akram Cheema and senior officials of planning, establishment and finance divisions.