ISLAMABAD - The government’s committee to develop new incentives for the high-level officials noted on Friday that current salary system has become obsolete, as it has not been able to deliver that need to be revised to improve the efficiency of the civil services.

The Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has recently constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar to develop the structure and propose incentives, to the public service officers on the basis of position and performance. The committee held its maiden meeting on Friday.

The government has decided to create another layer of super bureaucratic cadre to be called National Executive Service in a bid to stop soaring brain drain from the country. Under the NES, the officers would be given high-salary package but it would be linked with performance of the officials. The government has perturbed because of the increasing rate of brain drain from Pakistan, which resulted in shortage of the professionals in the country, as Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms has failed to appoint a Chief Economists in last one year. Under the NES, the professionals would be hired on market-based remunerations and key performance indicators would determine their continuation in jobs assigned to them.

The salary of public sector employees at the Management Pay scale (MP-I), at Rs. 400,000, is bit higher than the amount of fresh postgraduate working in private sector offices.

Meanwhile, according to the official handout issued by Finance ministry, the Committee is tasked to suggest recommendations for improving efficiency of civil service while keeping in view the human resource perspective. The meeting was informed that the current system has become obsolete, as it has not been able to deliver its best. It was also informed that a system of competitive promotion and job placement has become necessary for public sector delivery.

The Committee discussed the road map for moving ahead on the aim of developing workable ideas and proposals to improve efficiency of the public sector. The Committee was informed that another committee headed by Zahid Hamid, Minister for Science and Technology is already working to develop recommendations for performance evaluation and promotion procedures for federal government officers. It was decided that further deliberations on the incentives for performance and position will be considered after the report of the committee headed by Minister for Science and Technology is finalised.

Zahid Hamid, Minister for Science and Technology Danial Aziz, MNA, Dr. Waqar Masood, Finance Secretary, Ikhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Cabinet Secretary, Rana Asad Amin, Advisor to the Finance Minister and senior officials of the Finance Ministry also attended the meeting.