LAHORE  - Ruling PML-N lawmakers including former law minister Rana Sanaullah have expressed dissatisfaction over the claims of good governance in Punjab and advised the chief minister to delegate the powers for better service delivery, keep an eye on disgruntled civil society elements, civil servants and monitor media, says an official document on the proceedings of a recent meeting.

Lawmakers from Gujranwala Division had called on Mian Shahbaz Sharif on October 10. Former law minister Rana Sanaullah, although hails from Faisalabad, was also among the attendants.

Rana Sana, who always defends the Punjab government, said in the meeting, “The system is not functioning properly. Thana culture has to be addressed or changed radically. It should be public friendly and delivery-oriented. Nothing has been done about the targets set for different administrative departments.”

On the remarks of the former minister who was removed from office on the Model Town tragedy issue that claimed over a dozen PAT workers, the CM Shahbaz expressed his concern and desired that the chief secretary and chairman P&D may make a presentation to the cabinet on the targets set during formulation of ADP 2014-15. The chief secretary and the inspector general of police were directed to take immediate action in this regard.

On the other hand, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Minister for Labour and Human Resources also showed his concern saying, “The tempo of the government has been broken by prevailing unrest. Attitude is the biggest problem, it has to be improved. For posting of SHOs, DSPs, the government should also take political input.”  On this too the chief minster directed all the concerned including the CS and the IGP to take necessary and immediate action.

Former provincial minister Ch Iqbal Gujjar said that “party organization of PML-N may be reviewed and be reactivated. Balance has to be created between bureaucracy and public representatives for better understanding of issues and service delivery to the satisfaction of public representatives and masses.” He further highlighted the issue of access and availability of senior officers to public representatives who should be given due respect. Besides appointment of honest top provincial and district administration, the MPA, desired that the honest officials on low level may also be appointed.

Ch Asadullah, an MPA from Hafizabad, reminded that the government had to deliver and ensure provision of justice by changing modus operandi.

Another, MPA Ch Qaiser Iqbal Sindhu, said that “MPs should be accommodated in constable level recruitment; instead of being recruited through NTS/Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC). However, the CM ordered all the recruitments be made through open advertisement, competitive process and 100 per cent on merit.

Other MPs criticized that the secretaries, the field officers of the civil and police were not accommodating the public representatives. MPA from Sialkot Rana Muhammad Afzal said that majority of the SHOs was corrupt. He opined to the CM to arrange a good team and give 30 days to each department to review and improve its performance. Education department, he held, had cruel policies and the secretary schools should be more accommodative for public representatives. MPA Toufiq Ahmad Butt said that the Punjab government should focus on education and police departments for better service delivery. “Regular monthly meetings of district and police administrations should be held.” The CM directed that monthly review meetings must be held regularly.

Col (r) Shujat Ahmad Khan, an MPA from Narowal, highlighted shortage of funds for development. “The CM cannot go everywhere and so he should delegate duties for better service delivery.”

Khwaja Waseem Butt, another MPA from Narowal, said that the government should do something to address the issue of high electricity bill, besides highlighting issue of doctors that did not stay at small districts. Ch Shabiir Ahmad threw light on the problems of the overseas Pakistanis on which the CM ordered to make the commission functional.

MPA Rana Shamshad Ahmad opined in the meeting to “keep an eye on disgruntled civil society elements, civil servants and media. MPs must be trained to participate in TV programs,” the member suggested.

MPA Allama Mehfooz Ahmad Mashhadi said that local officials were posted as SHOs in constituency. Shafqat Mehmood also opined the same, besides highlighting late birth entries in birth certificates and moral character of EDO (Education) who he suggested be changed immediately. Pir Tariq Yaqub Rizvi, MB Din MP, said that all drains were choked in his constituency and the THQ Phalia lacked even the X-ray machine.

Ashraf Ali Ansari from Gujranwala praised the government for allocating good development package.

Ch Akmal Saif Chattha suggested to waive off electricity bills of the flood affected areas. He also pointed out that the Ali Pur Chattha Grils College Principal was corrupt. The CM directed that MNCH in-charge and college principal may be removed and inquiry may be initiated against them.

Besides highlighting issues of development, lack of funds allocation for them, high electricity bills, posting of SHOs and recruitment of constables, the MPs also opined the chair to take certain steps for the betterment of party position that was disturbed after the political chaos in the country.

An officer of the Punjab government, seeking anonymity, said the MPs used undue pressure to accommodate their near and dear ones to annihilate opponents. Referring such cases he said that rules often prohibited such officers for postings. He said that failing which they raised complaints against the official hierarchy. He said the intrusion of the MPs in transfer and posting issues had damaged the working environment and service delivery. Talking about frequently transferred officers during the past year, he said it was noted that political postings had generated groups in the top brass of civil servants and its trickle-down effects could be seen down the hierarchy too.

When people in the chief minister’s office, ministers and parliamentarians seek to get the blue-eyed officers posted on prized posts, merit becomes a casualty with serious repercussions, the officer added.