Nawaz govt eases eligibility criteria for hiring planners
December 23, 2013 - 9:57:05 am
ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has relaxed the eligibility criteria for hiring members of the Planning Commission, the senior-most post in the management position (MP-I) scale which, according to analysts, will further undermine the strength of the country’s apex planning body.
The federal government, through an amendment to the Cabinet Secretariat Resolution of April 2006, has eased the experience criterion from 25 years in a distinguished professional career to just 15 years, according to officials of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.
The change was approved by Sharif while clearing a summary sent to him for the reorganisation and restructuring of the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms. The Planning Commission is the apex policy-making body entrusted with the task of making annual plans and vision for the country. It is running against time and trying to prepare the Vision 2025 document by the December 31 deadline.
It is not for the first time that questions have been raised over the hiring process Earlier, the planning ministry hired 40 candidates in clear violation of procedures laid down. In place of the Cabinet Secretariat’s resolution of 2006, a new resolution was issued in October 2013 which coincided with the process of hiring eight new members of the commission.
An MP-I scale official is entitled to a maximum monthly salary of Rs578,110, including Rs142,000 as house rent, Rs95,910 as car allowance and Rs16,200 as utility charges, according to the Ministry of Finance. Interviews for the posts of members will be conducted next week.
The 15-year experience requirement shows that the government wants to accommodate its own people who are less experienced, said Dr Asad Ali Shah, former member of the commission, said.