Iqbal seeks to remove ban on govt hiring

March 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal is seeking the removal of the ban slapped over the recruitment of contractual employees to utilise the funds allocated under the public sector development programme (PSDP), official sources said yesterday.

According to them, the minister had written a letter to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, requesting him to lift the ban on recruitment to avert slowdown of utilisation of multibillion rupees of funds for 1,236 development projects.

The government had hired thousands of workers on contract to execute around 2,200 development projects falling under the PSDP. However, after the ban, the establishment division had directed departments not to extend contract of the employees.

Recently, the government had revised upward PSDP allocation from Rs425bn to Rs540bn. The additional Rs115bn was linked with the achievement of the Federal Board of Revenue’s target of Rs2,475bn for the current fiscal year. When contacted the planning minister refused to share the letter sent to the Prime Minister.

The official sources  said that the ban on hiring contractual employees and grating extension to the existing workers hampered the progress of ongoing PSDP projects.

An official said that on one hand the Central Development Working Party and Committee of National Economic Council were approving the development projects the execution was facing the problem on the other.