ISLAMABAD - Although the deadline for degrees verification of federal government employees is too, yet not more than 20 per cent of academic certificates have been submitted to the respective administration office for verification, it was learnt reliably. Federal government employees have received no further directives to ensure submission of their degrees till deadline (the second week of April, 2011), besides degrees of all the employees have not been submitted so far, cabinet division sources told The Nation. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, a month back, had reportedly directed the Establishment Division that the authenticity of educational certificates of the employees working in all federal government institution should be verified by the institutions concerned. He had also reportedly set a two-month deadline from February 5 for the verification of educational degrees. As per the issued circular, sources said, the federal government employees (17 to above) were asked to submit their original certificates for verification by the second week of April. They said the employees even after the initiation of degrees verification process had given it least importance and over 75 per cent of their academic certificates were awaited. They added the government might extend the deadline of its degree verification process due to the slow pace of submitting degrees. According to the circular, sources said, government tried to complete the verification of thousands of federal government employees only in two months. In this regards, experts of the verification departments concerned said that completing it in time would be difficult. It is worth mentioning here that the verification of educational documents of hundreds of members of Senate, National Assembly (NA) and provincial assemblies could not be completed even after passing eight months. Sensing the opening of new Pandora box amid plethora of other issues, sources said, the incumbent government did not adopt any strict stance so far on this issue. Several attempts were made to contact Secretary Cabinet Division Nargis Sehti to take her version on the issue, but her cell phone did not respond.