A-PM-IR-A Hussain advises the cabinet to remove 70,000 vacancies

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – January 27, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The adviser to prime minister on institutional reforms and austerity (A-PM-IR-A) Ishrat Hussain keeping in view the recommendations of the task force on austerity and restructuring of the government (TF-A-RoG), Tuesday, recommended to the federal cabinet to eliminate 70,000 vacancies in the ministries and divisions and reduce the number of federal government agencies from 441 to 324.

According to a press release, the prime minister (PM) Imran Khan chaired the session of the federal cabinet in the federal capital.

The cabinet was informed that the recommendations based on reforms regarding restructuring of 7 institutions were submitted to the concerned ministries for implementation and that the progress on the implementation of the reforms is being consistently monitored.

The cabinet was informed that the expenditure of the ministries and institutions did not increase in the last two years.

A detailed briefing was given on the increase in the release limit of funds under the divisional public sector development programme (PSDP) schemes. The meeting was briefed on the roadmap regarding the implementation of reforms and the expected results.

The cabinet was briefed by the planning, development and special initiatives minister (PDSIM) Asad Umar on the significant improvement in economic indicators from July to December 2020.

The participants were informed that the last 6 months saw a record increase in exports. The remittances increased by $2.8 billion, the foreign exchange reserves increased by $2 billion compared to the previous year.

The meeting was informed that the revenue was higher than the expenditure, while in the agriculture sector the rice production increased by 10 percent, sugarcane production increased by 13 percent and maize production increased by 9 percent. The manufacturing sector also recorded an increase.

The large scale manufacturing grew 7.4 percent this year, with large scale manufacturing growing 14.5 percent in December alone, the highest in 12 years.

Regarding inflation, the cabinet was informed that last year the average inflation rate was 11.1 percent while in the first 6 months of the current year it was 8.6 percent. In December alone, the inflation rate was 6.4 percent. Further decline in inflation is expected.

The participants were informed that the exchange rate is stable while the stock market is at a high level after April 2018.

The cabinet approved the recommendations of the cabinet committee to bring the national disaster risk management fund (NDRMF) under the purview of the PDSI ministry and approved the recommendations of the cabinet committee on the future organisational structure of the institution.

The cabinet approved the accession document regarding Pakistan’s international network on bamboo and rattan (INBAR) membership.

The cabinet approved the reconstitution of the committee to make daily wagers and contract employees permanent in the light of the decision of the Islamabad High Court.

The cabinet approved extension for 6 months in the application of Pakistan Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1952 to the employees of Pakistan Security Printing Corporation and Security Papers Limited, Karachi.

The cabinet approved the appointment of chartered accountant firm for audit of national database and registration authority (NADRA) accounts for fiscal year (FY) 2019-20.

The cabinet was given a detailed briefing on constitutional amendment regarding open voting in senate elections.

The cabinet agreed to set up a commission under the Commission of Inquiry Act 2017 instead of a committee to investigate the Broadsheet issue.

The cabinet approved the draft Workers Welfare Fund Housing Allotment Policy 2020 and the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) and the New Pakistan Housing Authority (NPHA) under the policy.

The cabinet approved the appointment of WWF secretary.

The cabinet ratified the decisions taken at the meetings of the committee on institutional reforms held on January 7, 2021, and January 14, 2021.

The cabinet ratified the decisions taken at the meetings of the cabinet committee on energy held on January 18, 2021, and January 21, 2021.

The cabinet ratified the decisions taken at the meeting of the economic co-ordination committee (ECC) held on January 20, 2021, in the light of some guidelines.

The cabinet ratified the decisions of the cabinet committee on State-owned institutions held on January 20, 2021.

The cabinet approved the nominations for the board of directors (BoD) of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), including Syed Khalid Siraj, Zafar Masood, Mohammad Riaz Khan, Shama Til Amber Arbab, Jahanzeb Durrani, Akbar Ayub Khan.

The cabinet reiterated its commitment to celebrate Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5.