ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said talented, hardworking and honest government employees should be given incentives and encouraged.

Chairing a meeting on civil services reforms at the PM’s House on Thursday, the prime minister said the proposed incentives to the government officers should be given purely on merit and in a completely transparent manner.

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal briefed the meeting on civil services reforms. Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, senior PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, Special Assistants to Prime Minister, Tariq Fatemi and Khawaja Zaheer, MNA Danial Aziz and the federal finance secretary attended the meeting.

The prime minister said the proposed incentives to government officers should be given purely on merit and in a transparent fashion. He said; “The system of bureaucracy across the world has grown considerably and we must learn from international practices while formulating policies by adapting them to our own conditions and circumstances.” He said key national agenda must be clearly defined and bureaucracy held accountable accordingly.

The prime minister said, “Our systems is needed to be improved radically and performance evaluation system changed so that officers and subordinates could also give their evaluation about their seniors for a comprehensive report.” He said the government officers should be properly trained to meet the requirements of modern times.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said career mapping of civil servants should be done effectively and there should be a link between strength, previous training of an officer and his/her place of posting.

A comprehensive project regarding a high-performance civil service and management system in the light of global best practices would be presented to the prime minister in four months.

The prime minister said reforms should be started from the federal capital which should be presented as a model of good governance and effective service delivery. He said the government’s priority was the implementation of its Four-E policy given in the manifesto of PML-N that is energy, economy, education and health and extremism. He said public servants should focus on them to provide maximum facilities to the people at grassroots level.

Nawaz Sharif said a comprehensive survey of all government departments should be undertaken and redundant departments be abolished, adding billions of rupees could be saved just with minor restructuring.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also gave approval for engaging an international expert for formulating the reforms. Besides, a national workshop on civil service reforms would be held within a month. The prime minister said the review of vacant positions in government departments should be done rationally and necessary positions be filled on priority basis, abolishing redundant ones. He said various functions which were transferred to different ministries after devolution should be looked into and re-adjusted wherever required, removing anomalies.

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said professionalism must be encouraged to improve service delivery to the people. He said 17 ministries and 66 functions were devolved under 18th Amendment due to which there were gaps in coordination between federal and provincial governments. Civil service restructuring has now become a necessity, he said, adding an exhaustive consultative process was being undertaken for formulating the proposals.