ISLAMABAD: The long awaited process to remove deadwood from the civil bureaucracy is ongoing following directions from the Prime Minister’s Office to implement announced policies.
A close aide to Prime Minister Imran Khan told The News that the PM’s Office had issued a directive to all ministries and divisions to start the weeding process. The source said that the ministries and divisions were asked to form a Pension Council and Pension Committee as stipulated in the rules and start processing cases according to the law based on material evidence.
It said the IHC’s recent ruling against those who oppose promotion rules has also helped with the early retirement of troubled civil servants.
All the kodal formalities have been completed by the PTI government to carry out this much needed task. Under the prevailing legal framework, those who have completed 20 years of service and are not fit to continue government service will retire prematurely, for which instructions for all ministries, divisions and other government agencies have been issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The reasons for early retirement have been identified and this includes officers who:
a) have received average performance evaluation reports (PERs, formerly known as ACRs) or negative comments have been recorded in three or more PERs from three different officers;
b) has twice been recommended for supersession by the Central Selection Board (CSB), the Departmental Selection Board (DSB) or the Departmental Promotion Board (DPB) or has not twice been recommended for promotion by the high power Selection Board and the recommendation has been approved by the competent authority competent;
c) have been found guilty of corruption or have bargained or voluntarily returned with NAB or other investigative agencies;
d) have had more than one chance to be placed in category ‘C’ by CSB, DSB or DPC under the Civil Service Promotion Rules (BS 18-21), 2019;
e) guilty of doing something inappropriate.
The pension board and pension committee have been notified. For early retirees of BS 20 Officers and above, there will be a retired committee consisting of the Chair of the FPSC who will be the chairman of the agency, while the members will be the secretary of the Cabinet Section, the Formation Section, the Finance, Legal and Justice Division and the Secretary / head of the division concerned.
For the early retirement of officials of BS 19 and below, the government has established a retirement committee. There will be various pension committees in each division or department to recommend to the competent authorities a directory of pensions from service with respect to civil servants in BS 19 and below.
The retirement committee for officers BS 17 to 19 will consist of a chairperson, who will be an additional or senior joint secretary of the division concerned; representatives from the Formation Division, Finance Division, Legal Division and the heads of departments or officials concerned.
The retirement committee for Civil Servants at BS 16 and below will consist of the Chairperson, who is the senior joint secretary or joint secretary of the division concerned, representatives from the Formation Division, Finance Division, Legal Division, and the head of the department / office concerned.
For the purposes of implementing this new scheme, all federal ministries and divisions have been directed to maintain a list of civil servants who have completed the designated years of service and fall into the category of those who are eligible for retirement.
This board and committee will pass on its recommendations to the competent authorities. If the competent authority agrees with the recommendation for a civil servant directory pension, it will issue a reason notification to the civil servant concerned, notify him of the proposed basis for making directives for directory pension, and will give him the opportunity to conduct a private hearing if requested by a civil servant who concerned.