LAHORE - Punjab is mulling over a special plan to permanently adjust Balochistan widows working at the provincial departments on deputation, sources said yesterday.

A good number of Baloch officials are deputed in different departments of the Punjab government. However, the rules will be relaxed for the woman officials whose husband died while serving in Balochistan, sources told The Nation.

A majority of such officials are teachers, nurses and deputed in the departments of education and health departments of Punjab.

Since the government has no data of such officials, a special committee - comprising secretaries of higher education, finance, health, women welfare and regulation departments - directed the higher education department to gather information about the officials from Balochistan.

The committee will hold its meeting to finalise the fate of Balochistan widows after HED Secretary Naseem Nawaz collects data on Monday.

According to an official, the Punjab government’s new deputation policy was very strict and those who had completed three-year deputation would be considered absent from duty if they did not go back to their parent departments.

The official further said that former chief secretary Nasir Khosa had banned deputation of officials from other provinces. The 1974 deputation policy provided officials relaxation to work from one department to another permanently, which was revised in 1998 restricting the previous practice, he added.