ISLAMABAD - The Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Muhammad Farooq Sattar is ostensibly hell bent to get blue-eyed appointed against all vacant posts in OPF on priority basis and has desired to initiate the recruitment process, it has reliably been learnt.

Sources privy to the matter informed The Nation that government guru apparently in connivance with Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis Nadeem Ashraf are all out to initiate a process of recruitment against vacant posts though the financial health of the organization does not permit to put extra burden on it. They were of the opinion that in a bid to meet the agenda, minister has gotten rid of Israr Khan Jamali and Manzoor Ahmad, a BS-21 officer of the Police Group has now been appointed as MD on deputation basis with the recommendations of Farooq Sattar (The Minister) in the OPF that might lead to an economic jerk to the organisation because it is comprised of recruitment against the posts which were advertised in 2010 and interviews were done in last year. Again, the minister is desperate to award a contract worth Rs 42 crore of removing surplus soil from OPF housing Scheme Zone-V, Islamabad without the consent of ‘allotees’ (overseas Pakistanis).

“Viewing the change in political arena of the country that might lead to snap polls, the minister is leaving no stone unturned to get the appointments of favourites in OPF on priority basis, sources said, adding, that farmer MD Israr Khan Jamali had resisted against this adventure so has been removed and met with a same fate as was of another MD of OPF Habib ur Rehman who had also resisted earlier against the adventurous plans of the incumbent minister.

Sources have also informed that this act of removal of yet another MD without any concrete reason has created mess and panic among the employees and officials as they feel insecure and harassed. Some of the officials have applied long leave and some have gotten deputations in other departments to get rid from this entire ‘abysmal’ situation, which to them is ostensibly irrational and ill conceived.

Israr Khan Jamali farmer MD, Executive Director Muhammad Yar Buttar, General Manger Finance Chauhdry Shahzad and Director Training Salahud Din Hassani have also applied for long leave while Jawad Afzal Cheema has gotten deputation in EOBI, sources added.

Documents further revealed that a meeting of all Divisional Heads of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) was held on 30th January to review and determine the immediate/ essential requirements for induction against the vacant positions especially considering the prevailing financial health. During the course of this meeting, the need and requirements against each available vacant post of each grade and every division were discussed.

After deliberations, it was the general consensus that except for vacant posts of Balochistan quota and the recruitment against vacant posts of Assistant Director (OPF-7 grade) Civil Engineering (Housing &Works), Network Administrator (OPF-7), Computer Programmer (OPF-7), Transport Supervisor of OPF-6 grade (in place of advertised post of AD Automobile) in OPF is not urgently required and should be avoided.

It was also the general consensus that the service of the Deputy Director Security (post already advertised) is no more required and no recruitment should be made against the post of Transport Supervisor.

The selection criteria for the officers, including the requisite qualifications and work experience, especially for the technical assignments should be reviewed and incorporated in OPF Service Rules. Further, the requirements of staff viz-a-viz the work load in each division and office of the OPF should be reassessed and incorporated in the proposed O&M study of OPF.

The MD informed the participants of the meeting that the federal minister for overseas Pakistanis/ Chairman Board of Governors (BoG) has desired to initiate the recruitment process against all the vacant post in OPF on priority basis. He further stated that in this regard he has informed the federal minister and federal secretary that recruitment against the vacant posts should be restricted to bare minimum and only against essentially required positions because the financial health of OPF is not good enough to bear any additional burden.

Financial health of OPF has revealed shocking details about its fragile financial position that advocate to avoid any unnecessary inductions and extra expenditures. It is deplorable to mention that against welfare fund receipts of Rs800 million the projected expenditure for the year 2011-12 only on accounts of salary & wages and allied expenses of existing staff is Rs820million. Further due to decline in the interest rates the earnings through investment of surplus funds of OPF are also likely to decline.

Available documents have also disclosed that against the approved 584 (including posts regularised 2008) in budgeted posts (executive and non executives), 476 posts are held whereas 105 are presently vacant, out of which 88 posts are available for direct recruitment. Further, 37 supernumerary posts created of reinstated employees are also filled by reinstated.

This meeting of important nature was held in the office of the then MD Israr Khan Jamali where A.A Asad Khan Secretary OPF/BOG, Najeeb Khilji Director Internal Audit Division, Faisal Awan Director Administration & Personnel Division, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhry General Manager Welfare & Services Divisions, Faheem Athar General Manager Finance Division, Syed Iqbal Shah General Manager Housing & Works Division and Iftikhar Ahmad General Manager Education Division.