LAHORE - Following reports about a large number of inquiry cases against government servants pending for decision since years, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has directed all the provincial departments for timely completion of disciplinary proceedings against government employees, it has been learnt.  

He has also asked Administrative Secretaries to monitor the inquiries by making it a regular agenda of committee meetings.

Through a circular, issued by the S&GAD, the CM has desired that a special monitoring mechanism may be evolved to ensure completion of inquiries within stipulated time. Administrative Secretaries should themselves hold meetings to monitor the progress of the inquiries and any delay in finalization of inquires should be brought up in the notice of the respective competent authorities for issuance of reminders by themselves or on behalf of competent authorities with their approval.

This exercise should not be left to junior officers only and Regulations Wing of S&GAD should hold monthly meetings for monitoring of pending cases, says the circular.

It further states that in all such meetings, departments should be represented by an officer not below the rank of an Additional Secretary and where there is no Additional Secretary, Deputy Secretary concerned should attend these meetings. Directions issued in these meetings should be brought into the notice of Administrative Secretary for action by the competent authority.

A senior officer of the Punjab government while talking on the subject said that the CM expressed displeasure when he was told that disciplinary proceedings were not being completed on time. He said that the CM was of the view that all concerned should show no negligence on the subject. He said that there were thousands of cases pending with different probe bodies and appellate forums like Services Tribunal, Ombudsman office and others. However, he commended the performance CMIT Chairman for timely disposal of inquiries.

Talking about slow disciplinary actions against officials involved in corruption, he said, the inquiry committees were not likely to complete as members were least interested in such proceedings. He said that no officer likes to be posted as Member Inquiries, Member Judicial let alone he was posted as PST member.