ISLAMABAD - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has denied granting a further extension to federal government officers working in the province as deputationists, The Nation has learnt.

The Establishment Division, meanwhile, has also decided to move a summary to the prime minister to recall the services of over 400 federal government officers serving in provinces on deputation besides sending the deputationists to their respective provinces. The Establishment Division has taken the decision in view of the dearth of officers in different departments of the federal government, sources said.

According to a notification issued by a senior officer of the Punjab Services and General Administration Departments (S&GAD) to all administrative secretaries of the government of Punjab says: “I am  directed to refer to the subject matter and to state that on a summary initiated by the Services Wing of S&GAD, the government of the Punjab regarding seeking approval of the chief minster  to relax the Rule 15(1) of the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment and Conditions of Services) Rule, 1974 in order to take up the matter with the Establishment Division for extending the period of deputation of a federal government officer, the chief minister Punjab has been pleased to pass the following orders. “All the administrative departments shall make pro-active efforts to build their capacities from amongst the officers available to them in the government of Punjab, who are either employees of the government of the Punjab or are placed in the government of the Punjab against encadred posts. The inevitability factors are no justification for prolonged stays on deputation, which may, at best, be limited to only three years, as is provided in Section 15(10 of the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointment and Conditions of Service )Rules, 1974”. 

The notification further says: “I am further directed to state that in pursuance of the above mentioned observations/orders of the chief minister Punjab, no case/request of extension in deputation period involving relaxation of Rule 15(1) of the Punjab Civil Servants (Appointments and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974 would be entertained by the S&GAD, the government of the Punjab in the future.”

“I have also been directed to request you that the above-mentioned orders of the chief minister must be adhered to,” says the notification issued on November 22. The sources said that several federal government officers have been serving in Punjab on deputation for the last many years.

A senior official told The Nation that the Establishment Division has also decided to send back those officers who are working in federal government departments on deputation to their parent departments in the provinces. He said the Establishment Division has compiled a list in this regard and it will soon be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for approval.