ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that security of the tenure of government servants during service is a critical element in improving efficiency, good governance and better service delivery.He made these observations during a meeting of third Steering Committee of National Commission for Government Reforms (NCGR) held under his chairmanship at the Prime Minister’s House on Thursday. He urged the Commission to come up with concrete recommendations to ensure security of service tenure of government’s servants so that they can work without fear or favour. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf also emphasised the need to revitalise the Secretaries Committee so that Inter-Ministerial Coordination which is of paramount importance to good governance is made effective.Appreciating the work being carried out by the commission and terming it as important, the Prime Minister expressed the confidence the commission would give useful recommendations for improving government structures and business process.The Prime Minister said that reforms is an ongoing process and hoped that the Commission will deliberate on specific areas of weaknesses in governance and come up with solution to those for better service delivery to the people, which is the prime objective of the people’s government.Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor, Chairman of NCGR apprised the Prime Minister that the Commission had reviewed various government functions, rules and procedures before presenting its recommendation to the Steering Committee on Government Reforms.        NCGR has been given the broader mandate to reform and review the size and structure of the government at different levels with the objective of providing modern, efficient and accountable system of governance on sustainable basis.The National Commission for Government Reforms (NCGR) is chaired by Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor with Mr Khan Ahmad Goraya, Mr Muhammad Hasan Bhutto, Mrs Parveen Qadir Agha, Dr Nelson Azeem, Khawaja Ijaz Sarwar and Mr Afzal Shigiri.  All the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan as well as women and minorities are represented in the Commission. Those who participated in the meeting included Mr Farooq H. Naek Minister for Law and Justice, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh Minister for Finance, Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Chairman NCGR and senior officials of the government.  Meanwhile, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that every effort should be made to ensure that no sector or section of the population is burdened unnecessarily during load management. The Prime Minister was talking to Minister of Water and Power, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar in a meeting at the PM’s House on Thursday.Underscoring the importance of increasing hydel power generation in the country, the Prime Minister said that it is the utmost endeavour of government to expedite construction of ongoing hydroelectric projects and identify new ones to increase generation in the country. The Prime Minister said that government had framed investor friendly policy due to which potential investors from different countries are showing keen interest in the power sector. Pakistan was blessed with abundant untapped resources of renewable energy, which were economically viable, he added.The Federal Minister for Water and Power apprised the Prime Minister about the progress on the ongoing hydropower projects under the Ministry. He also briefed the Prime Minister about the Tarbela 4, which has a generation capacity of 1400 MW.

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