ISLAMABAD - Supreme Court’s deadline to appoint top officials of regulatory bodies, autonomous corporations and registered companies under their respective acts of laws, by December 10, is approaching fast but the government has so far shown no progress in find suitable candidates.

The court last week had directed the federal government to fill up the posts without wasting any time and ordered the attorney general to submit a preliminary progress report by December 10.

Ex-Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on the petition of incumbent Federal Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Asif, had directed the federal government to appoint heads of various institutions through a three-member Commission, headed by Federal Ombudsman.

On the basis of that judgment, the PML-N government did not appoint permanent heads and according to the judgment, 22 statutory bodies and 33 public sector companies are still without heads. The government has been stating that the commission requirement was impediment in the way of new appointments.

After the recent SC judgment, most of the posts were advertised in newspapers. Ministry of Water and Power advertised the post of Managing Director PEPCO, NTDC, and Chief Executive officers for ISECO, GEPCO, LESCO, FESCO, MEPCO, HESCO, SEPCO, QESCO, TESCO, GENCO 1, GENCO11, AND GENCO 3, this month, but received poor response.

“The problem is we have to run the affairs of the state and organisations; the ideal candidate should have relative technical and managerial experience,” he should be complacent to political government, establishment, and should have a track record of all above,” said a top official.

He said so far they have not found the right candidate in most of the cases, that’s why this week they decided to waive off the age limit completely.

According to sources, the job requirement in a distribution company is that the head must be willing to follow the government instruction regarding power distribution. And he should bear all criticism happily without pointing out that who actually ordered any illegal job.

It is worth mentioning here that last year PEPCO in connivance with distribution companies had reportedly sold electricity and showed it in the account of line losses in books.

Despite State Minister Abid Sher Ali’s promises on media to hold an enquiry and public the findings of theft cases no progress has so far been made.

Not only Ministry of Water and Power, but Ministry of Petroleum is also facing the same challenges.

“Heading an organisation is a challenging job in Pakistan, but in the present scenario it has become more challenging and demanding, we have to replace SNGPL chief, Arif Hameed, but we don’t have other alternative, who can sustain pressure of FIA, NAB, and equally perform well to his assignment,” said Petroleum Minister Khaqan Abbasi, while talking to scribe on Sunday.

He said that his ministry was searching for the right candidates and the process was already initiated.

SNGPL chief Arif Hameed was appointed acting MD, in 2011, by then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, ignoring the senior most, deputy-managing director of that time.

Hameed has enjoyed many extensions after the expiry of his legitimate tenure and recently he has been given extension from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

It is pertinent to mention here that gas theft in SNGPL has swelled to 16 percent and despite closure of gas supply to CNG and industry; the public is on roads against the unavailability of natural gas.