PSSP Appreciates Pakistani PM Decision To Review Institutional Performance

PSSP Appreciates Pakistani PM Decision To Review Institutional Performance | PakistanTribe.comISLAMABAD – Pakistan Social Service Partnership (PSSP) appreciates the recent decision by the Prime Minister of Pakistan to review the institutional performance of federal government departments including Public Sector Enterprises(PSEs).

Being the civil society collective, PSSP believes that institutional performance is closely linked to the transparency level and merit based appointments in the federal government departments and PSEs.

Recently released report by PILDAT also substantiate this fact as five indicators including, a) transparency (-4%), b) performance of regulatory bodies (-12%), c) anti-corruption (-45%), d) merit based recruitments & promotions (-37%), and e) merit-based  appointments in regulatory bodies (-14%) presents dismal state of affairs.

PSSP also laments over the weak progress of federal government towards enactment of Federal Right To Information (FRTI) law to provide easy and low cost access over official documents in public domain to the citizens of Pakistan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab provinces have already enacted RTI laws to promote transparency in public functioning.

 
PSSP also expects that federal government will also review the recent appointments of heads of various PSEs in violation to the honourable Supreme Court orders to recruit highly skilled professionals through a federal commission.
Though, the federal government constituted “Federal Commission for Selection of Head of Public Sector Organizations (FCHPSO)” but no significant progress had been made in this respect for merit based and transparent recruitment in PSEs. On January 13, 2014, federal government issued notifications for exemptions of positions to be filled by FCHPSO in 21 PSEs. Violations of merit & transparency is evident in appointments of heads of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL), Alternate Energy Development Board (AEDB), and many others.
PSSP reiterates its demands, that:
1. Federal government MUST respect the honourable Supreme Court orders and immediately re-constitute FCHPSO
2. Federal government MUST stop appointments of high profile positions
3. Federal government must review and withdraw the previous/recent appointments made in violation of court orders, existing laws, rules and regulations
4. Federal government MUST enact FRTI law, so that citizens can easily access information in public domain
5. FCHPSO MUST redo the appointment process of all previously illegitimate recruitments

6. FCHPSO must also redress the complaints about unfair appointments

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