KARACHI – Throwing weight behind the arguments put forward by Sindh Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq in favour of recruitments through provincial departments, allies of the ruling PPP on Sunday outrighlty rejected the decision to hand over the recruitment authority for government posts from grade 1-15 to bureaucrats-led committees. The coalition partners – PML-F, PML-Q and NPP – contended that recruitments through deputy commissioners would be a violation of the rules, and called on Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to retract his decision and drop opposition to the earlier recruitment process. The PML-F meanwhile announced it might move the courts against the decision. “We reject the very move to grant recruitment powers to bureaucrats,” asserted Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh, a senior PML-F leader and the chief minister’s adviser on special education. Shaikh, while talking to TheNation, alleged that the proposed changes to the recruitment process aimed to give government jobs on political basis. He argued that the earlier mechanism of recruitments did ensure merit and transparency and should be continued. He said he himself would take up this matter with the chief minister on the behalf of his party. Through a letter, the PML-F would also raise voice over certain decisions the Sindh Cabinet took in its recent meeting, added Shaikh.Expressing similar views about the decision, Sindh Minister for Alternative Energy Muhammad Shaharyar Khan Mahar of the PML-Q also said that the step would give way to doubts and orchestrate a public protest campaign. He believed that transparency could be ensured by having a centralised system at each government department (at this time). He was of the view that recruitments on political basis, as done in the past, would further deteriorate the sectors of education and health. Mahar, who is also PML-Q’s parliamentary leader, further said he would approach the chief minister as regards the recruitment policy. Terming the decision to put deputy commissioners in charge of recruitment committees as a violation of the rules, Arif Mustafa Jatoi of the National People’s Party exhorted the government to abandon its plan in the public interest. The Sindh government, last week, formed district-level committees to initiate recruitments in government departments.