Major reforms in Pakistani bureaucracy on the anvil

March 01, 2014 - 5:47:13 am
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government is contemplating major reforms in the civilian bureaucracy, which many agree has become inefficient and lethargic because of decades-long politicisation of the service.

There is a consensus among Prime Minister, his key ministers and advisers that the country faces a dearth of competent and capable government servants, sources here say.

Without implementing reforms, they believe, the institution of the civilian bureaucracy cannot be revived to meet the modern day challenges.

Capacity building of the government officials, irrespective of their cadres and groups, and their present promotion systems are under review.

 Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, who has a better understanding of governance issues, is amongst those working on these reforms.