Govt summons CSB meeting next month

ISLAMABAD – The federal government has convened a meeting of the Central Selection Board to review promotion cases of grade-19 and grade-20 officers of different services groups.

The CSB meeting will be held on January 9, 2018.  

According to a notification issued by the Establishment Division on Thursday, “A meeting of the Central Selection Board (CSB) to consider promotion cases of officers from BS-19 to BS-20 to BS-21 of all Groups/ Services and Ex-cadre posts will be held from 9th to 12th January, 2018 at 9am in the Committee Room of the Establishment Division, Cabinet Secretariat Islamabad with the Chairman FPSC/CSB in chair.”

 The federal government has also informed the chief secretaries of all provinces as well as secretaries Establishment and Cabinet Divisions in this regard.

The Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) chairman will chair the CSB meeting, while secretaries of Establishment and Cabinet Divisions, chief secretaries of all provinces, inspectors general and other senior officials of different ministries and parliamentarians will also be part of the meeting.

The Establishment Division has completed panels of all services groups to present at the meeting.

The last CSB meeting was held in December 2016. According to services rules, the CSB meeting should be held after every six months.

The CSB meeting was scheduled for the second week of October but it could not be convened due to the poor coordination between the Establishment Division and the FPSC chairman.

A senior officer said FPSC Chairman Naveed Akram Cheema was available for the last meeting from mid of October but Additional Secretary Establishment Division Afzal Latif was allegedly creating hurdles.

 He said that at that time, the FPSC chairman was busy in conducting interviews of CSS qualified candidates. But now he has indicated that he would be available for next CSB meeting.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has also given the task to the Establishment Division to streamline issues related to bureaucracy. The prime minister had chaired the High Powered Selection Board meeting twice in last six months. 

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif never shown interest to streamline the issues of bureaucracy and no serious efforts were made at any level in the past in this regard.

On the directives of the apex court, a special board meeting of CSB-2015 was held in August and PM Abbasi had approved promotions of 54 officers of different service groups to grade-20 and grade-21.

The apex court had directed the federal government to arrange the CSB meeting and review the cases of those officers who were not promoted in 2015.

The CSB-2015 had recommended promotions of the officers but the then PM Sharif referred their cases back to the CSB. The aggrieved officers had challenged the former PM’s decision in the Supreme Court.

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