ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Manpower Institute (PMI), a state-run institute which provides training to public and private sector employees, is itself short of manpower for the last so many years. A senior official of the PMI Monday informed TheNation that more than 10 positions in the Institute had been lying vacant for the last nine years due to indifference of the government. The official informed that as many as five positions of senior training and administrative staff (three positions in BPS-17 and one each in BPS-18 and 19) and four positions of support staff were lying vacant for nearly a decade. The Institute, which is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Labour and Manpower, trains more than 700 employees belonging to public and private sector annually and offers 20 different courses on regular basis. However, the lack of sufficient staff and trainers has very badly affected the performance of the Institute, which was established with an aim to provide world-class training to on-job individuals, the official further said. When contacted, Director PMI Muhammad Azam confirmed the news but did not provide answers to further queries, saying he was on journey. The institute has no boarding facility due to which employees coming from far off areas have to suffer a great deal in arranging suitable accommodations for them. Another official of the institute also criticized posting of a Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Manpower as Director General PMI, saying the ministry had discriminated against regular officers of the Institute who were qualified for the slot.