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Why did government send notices to 1586 civil servants?

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In line with the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government has started action against non-serious and unproductive officials. According to Prime Minister Office, an evaluation report of the government officers’ dashboard was presented to PM Imran Khan.

Punjab chief secretary has completed the dashboard examination of 1586 subordinate officers and presented the report to the prime minister. The report reveals that the performance of 403 government officials has been appreciated, 263 officers were issued performance-based warnings, seven government officials issued show-cause notices, 833 officers instructed to be cautious while 111 officers were asked for clarification.

The report further said that show-cause notices have been issued to 43 assistant commissioners including ACs of Raiwind, Layyah, Jhang, Burewala, Sadiqabad, and Nankana Sahib.

Last year on December 22, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the federal ministers had to further bring improvement in their performance as they were no more inexperienced after two-and-a-half-years in the government.

The prime minister had been addressing a ceremony to sign ‘Performance Agreements of the Federal Government for the Year 2020-21′ in Islamabad attended by ministers and special assistants to the prime minister.

Recently, Prime Minister Imran Khan termed the performance of the Pakistan Citizen Portal as satisfactory and said that it could prove helpful in making the bureaucracy accountable. Addressing a ceremony where the two-year performance of the portal was presented, the prime minister lauded the performance of its team and said that the platform was utilized by three million citizens for redressal of their complaints.

We will further improve its performance to resolve issues faced by the masses, he said adding that the portal has helped them in bringing improvement in administrative issues besides also facilitating in reviewing the performance of the government functionaries.

Read More: PM Khan inaugurates Citizen Portal: Vows to empower masses

PM Imran Khan asked the masses to report any incident of a deputy commissioner or a cop asking for a bribe so that action could be launched against them. “This could help in making the bureaucracy accountable,” he said adding that anyone found guilty of wrongdoing would be expelled from the job rather than being transferred.

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Hasaan Khawar, an international development and public policy professional and a former civil servant belonging to Pakistan Administrative Service, appreciated the prime minister for launching this portal. “People have a forum and they can raise their voice, Khawar said.  “This is an excellent step. I appreciate the government,” he added while speaking to Samaa TV.

However, Khawar maintained that the premier needs to understand that several officers have stopped working because of the fear of anti-corruption office and NAB. “You can expel an officer if he is taking a bribe but you cannot officer if he is not working because of the fear of the NAB,” he opined.

Senior officials told GVS that the approach prime minister “should remember what they had to face in Punjab when senior bureaucrats declined to work”. Notably, senior officers had refused to work in Punjab. The premier himself had to come and convince them that “they should work independently and without the fear of being controlled”.

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