PAKISTAN has entered the phase of demographic dividends, whereby, human capital is at the mainstay of development and a crucial determinant of achieving the objectives of developed society. To be precise, around half of the population is at productive age. Such an enormous human capital has the potential to transform the pace of socio-economic growth in positive direction. Traditional approach towards building the capacity of the human capital and utilizing it for social change has been major obstacle. Majority of the developed and developing countries have adopted new dimensions toward human resource development. However, in Pakistan there has been an ongoing debate which overwhelmingly is tilted towards keeping the status quo with regarding to recruitment, promotions and training. Unfortunately this old age approach has discouraged young people from entering into the mode of work and more specifically, it has discouraged parents from sending their children to schools because they feel it is of no use. Brain drain is yet another issue, where country budding professionals are opting for other shores instead of staying back in Pakistan, whenever or wherever they get an opportunity. Despite this depressing picture, the Constitution of 1973 provides a ray of hope for the young generation. Article 37 of the constitution ensures promotion of social evils and states: make provision for securing just and humane conditions of work, ensuring that children and women are not employed in vocations unsuited to their age or sex, and for maternity benefits for women in employment. It also pledges to enable the people of different areas, through education, training, agricultural and industrial development and other methods, to participate fully in all forms of national activities, including employment in the service of Pakistan. Similarly, article 38 of the statute book envisages to secure the well-being of the people, irrespective of sex, caste, creed or race by raising their standard of living, by preventing the concentration of wealth and means of production and distribution in the hands of a few to the detriment of general interest and by ensuring equitable adjustment of rights between employers and employees, and landlords and tenants. It further ensures to provide for all citizens, within the available resources of the country, facilities for work and adequate livelihood with reasonable rest and leisure. Contrary to the provisions of the constitution a general attitude towards human development is quite redundant way of thinking. It's also contrary to the contemporary international practices. In today's world, access to information and opportunities is deemed as necessary part of seeking jobs and skill development. Hence, numerous developed and developing countries have set up human development Commissions. United Nation's International Labor Organization has developed a Youth and Employment Network. There are many examples of international experience whereby different countries have set up Commissions on Human Development. Few of those include European Commission on Human Development; India's Commission on Employment, UK Commission, Canadian Commission, Commissions of different states of USA. There are such commissions in different states of India as well. These commissions have their websites to facilitate qualified youth to get jobs in public as well as private sector in accordance with their qualification. Keeping in view all this, the present democratic government has taken a bold decision to set up a Task Force on Employment and skill development. Under the directives of Prime Minister, the Task Force on Employment was created vide Establishment Division's notification dated May 28, 08. The Task Force is headed by Director General. The Task Force started its work immediately after its notification on May 28. One of the major job of this Task Force was liaison with various ministries to identify existing vacancies, compile it and to subsequently advertise these jobs. In a short span of time, the Task Force so far has achieved tremendous results. In fact the first consolidated advertisement of vacancies of different ministries appeared on June 3, 08 or hardly a week after it was set up. Since then the consolidated advertisements carrying vacancy positions of various ministries are appearing in national and regional press on almost daily basis. Out of 37,559 vacancies that the Task Force was able to identify, 20,000 vacancies have already been advertised, while the rest of the jobs are in the process of being advertised. Furthermore, a National Commission for Employment and Human Resource Development (NCEHRD) is in the offing which would ultimately replace the Task Force. The Commission shall be a body corporate and the Prime Minister shall be its patron-in-chief. The idea of setting up NCEHRD is to take up the task on the war footing basis and to use the country's human resource at the maximum. The Commission shall comprise of a Chairman, a Vice Chairman and six members including a representative from the ministry of Finance. The headquarter of the Commission will be located in Islamabad, while may set up offices in provinces. Some of the major functions of the Commission will include: To devise, plan, coordinate and review policies, develop strategies, and implement innovative schemes aimed at generating employment opportunities. To seek to share best practices on youth employment in other countries, to prepare national action plan on youth employment. To plan education, vocational training and labor market policies to facilitate the young people. To seek collaboration of academia, private and public sector, philanthropists, civil society and donor agencies to plan, design and implement self-employment initiative such as single entrepreneurship, innovative schemes like micro financing at all levels of governance. To coordinate with federal ministries, department, autonomous bodies, and corporations to ensure observance of provincial quotas in jobs and remove provincial imbalances and distortions in civil service of Pakistan and to promote overall fairness in civil service of the federation. To facilitate skills development and employment generation through enhancement of public private partnership. To mobilize global resources, including finances, technical assistance and expertise to generate employment opportunities in and outside Pakistan. It's imperative that civil society, media, democratic forces support this initiative which is not a new phenomenon but is practiced all over the world. -Dr Talib Lashari can be reached at