ISLAMABAD - The Central Selection Board (CSB) headed by its Chairman Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Malik Asif Hayat will meet on Monday (tomorrow) to consider promotion of around 300 bureaucrats of all occupational groups as well as services.

The board meeting will continue for three consecutive days till February 13 and it is being held after a gap of 14 months. The last meting of CSB was held in September 2011 and under the rules, the board has to meet twice in a year. According to the Establishment Division, the CSB will consider the promotions on the basis of relevant record inconclusive of Performance Evaluation report (PER) for the year ended on December 31, 2011.

The CSB will consider promotions of all occupational groups/services and ex-cadre from basic scale (BS) 19 to BS-20 and BS-20 to BS-21 posts respectively. According to details, the CSB would consider promotions for the 48 vacant posts of grade 20 and 30 such posts of grade 21 of Secretariat Group. Similarly, 65 posts of BS-20 and 25 posts of BS-21 are vacant of the District Management Group (DMG), now renamed as Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), would be filled through promotions.  The board will consider promotions for the 25 vacant posts of BS-20 and 16 of BS-21 of Police Service of Pakistan (PSP).

Secretary Cabinet Division Nargis Sethi, Secretary Board of Investment Shahid Rasheed, Federal Secretary Communications Anwar Ahmed Khan, Secretary Economic Affairs Division Javed Iqbal, Secretary National Food and Security Ahmed Bukhsh Lehri, Secretary Production Gul Mohammad Rind and Federal Secretary Textiles, Dr Waqar Masood will participate in the CSB meeting as its members.

After the last meeting of CSB, around 50 bureaucrats of Secretariat Group had filed a petition in Islamabad High Court taking a plea that the board discriminated with them in promotions for next grade. The court issued a stay order barring the board to hold its next meeting till the decision of the case. Some time back, the court vacated the stay order and in its detailed judgment directed the federal government to form a transparent and fair promotion policy. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in December 2012 proved a summary changing the promotion policy and three-year service, excluding time period spent on training and leave, in BS-20 was held mandatory for promotion to next grade.

Senior bureaucrats of Secretariat Group reacted to this Prime Minister’s decision and said the decision had been taken to give favour to DMG officers for promotions to BS-21. Some days ago, the Prime Minister reverted to his decision through an official order annulled this policy.