ISLAMABAD - The federal government has directed the 136 nominated officers of grade-19 of different services groups for the Senior Management Course to report to the National School of Public Policy by February 23.

According to a notification of the Establishment Division, a total of 136 officers have been nominated for the 23rd SMC of all services groups, including 12 officers of the Pakistan Administrative Service, 16 officers of Police Service of Pakistan, 10 officers of Secretariat Group and 10 nominated officers belonged to the Pakistan Customs Service.

Similarly, 12 officers of the Inland Service of Pakistan, two officers of Federal Bureau of Revenue, 12 officers of Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service of Pakistan, 10 officers of Pakistan Foreign Service, two officers of Postal Group, one officer of Ministry of Defence and Production, two officers of Inter Services of Intelligence, four officers of Finance Division, four officers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, four officers of Balochistan, two officers of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, three officers of Ministry of Housing, two officers of National Accountability Bureau and seven officers of Sindh have also been nominated for the course. 

The notification says that the course will be commencing from Feb.26, 2018 and nominated officers may report to the National School of Public Policy, NMC Lahore, NIM Karachi, Islamabad and NIM Peshawar) on February 23, 2018. The above nominations are subject to provision of latest Annual Medical Examination Reports to be submitted to the concerned institute.

According to the revised promotion policy, "if an officer is nominated for the mandatory training and he/she declines to proceed on training for two consecutive training courses, he/she would forfeit the right to consideration for promotion".  in case of any withdrawal of nomination either by the department or by the officer himself/herself, the officer concerned will be responsible, if it adversely affects his/her promotion prospects.

The course fee (Rs250,000) in case of ex-cadre officers of the federal government, officers of provincial governments and autonomous bodies etc. nominated for the course shall be arranged by their respective departments and to this effect payment shall be remitted to NSPP, Lahore/NIM Karachi through bank draft/cross cheque/pay order at the time of joining the course by the officer concerned or as early as possible.

As per the prime minister's directive, issued vide this Division's DO letter No.5/I 1/2000-TII/T-1 dated 10-06-2014 all Ministries/Divisions/Departments are bound to relieve the officers on their selection for training course without fail.

The Ministries/Divisions/ Departments shall make stop-gap arrangements, as the nominated officers are not required to attend their offices while undergoing training. Non-compliance of the directions of the prime minister shall tantamount to disciplinary proceedings under the Government Servants (E&D) Rules, 1973.