LAHORE: Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht praised Prime Minister Imran Khan for supporting plans to make southern Punjab a separate administrative unit and allocating 32 per cent of the employment quota for the region in line with its population ratio.
He told The News that the prime minister had been informed extensively about the recommendations of the ministerial committee, which he chaired during his last visit to Lahore. He said the ministerial committee would forward the final draft to CM within a week for cabinet approval.
He said that in his presentation to the prime minister, he proposed amending the Punjab Civil Service Law 1974 (Law VIII of 1974) as all other provinces have the authority to allocate jobs on a zone / regional basis.
He said he was pleading for job quotas to allow local human resources to serve his people near their bases. He said Balochistan has seven zones, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa five and Sindh has two zones.
Hashim said the ministerial committee had recommended keeping large departments such as finance, planning and development, law, services and general administration and the house in Lahore for central decision-making, which may be delegated at a later stage.
However, livestock and dairy development, agriculture, health, education, wildlife and fisheries and irrigation, housing, urban development and public health engineering (HUD & PHE), income councils, communications and employment, local government and community development will be carried out from the south. . Punjab Secretariat. The minister said that construction of new buildings for the secretariat in Multan and Bahawalpur would begin in the current fiscal year.