LAHORE - Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar on Thursday reminded the bureaucrats of their responsibilities telling them they were servants of the people and not masters.

He asked them to implement the virtue of equality and strive always to provide speedy justice to common man instead of promoting red tapeism.

The governor was addressing the participants of 100th National Management Course (NMC) organized by the National School of Public Policy (NSPP), at Governor House here.

The delegation was led by the Dean, NMC, Mr. Naeem Aslam.

Governor Punjab said that an able and effective civil servant could foresee the problems by incisive foresight and a thorough analysis of the environment he may be confronted with and addresses them with diligence, efficiency and personal insight.

He said the complex and compound challenges facing Pakistan called for concerted efforts.

“A democracy cannot deliver without good governance, fair-play, transparency and accountability. Therefore, we have to combine our efforts to build a stronger democracy, which is the only formidable defence against the internal and external challenges”, Sarwar observed, adding the situation demanded of single-minded pursuit of national goals through hard work and continuity of policies.

“Nation expects a lot from us and we have to deliver. I hope and pray that we will be able to achieve and deliver what is expected of us”, he said.

Governor further said that the people of Pakistan expected good governance and effective service delivery for redress of their problems. “Good governance relates to the manner in which power is exercised in the management of country’s human, economic, material and social resources for development”, he remarked while maintaining that good governance was also a lynchpin for growth and reduction of poverty and inequality.

“As growth generates income, good governance carries its effects down to the masses, particularly to the poor. People are at the heart of public policy and it’s their welfare and public good which should be our end game and for which you will be judged”, he told the officers. 

Governor Punjab also responded to the questions by the participants. Answering a question, he said that during his 37years stay abroad he always strived to solve the problems of oversees Pakistanis and the same devotion brought him to Pakistan.

He said Oversees Pakistanis had great love and feeling for the homeland and the government had established a Commission to overcome their problems.

Earlier, Dean, National Management Course (NMC) Mr. Naeem Aslam highlighted the significance and objectives of the course.