The federal government has appointed Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui as Secretary Information Technology and Telecommunications, according to our sources.
The position was vacant for a long time and has now been filled after several delays. It should be mentioned here that there are various other key positions that have been vacant for a while and are hurting the Ministry’s performance.
According to a notification issued by the Cabinet Secretariat/Establishment Division, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, a BS-22 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service presently posted as Secretary Communications Division will be transferred and posted as Secretary Information Technology and Telecommunication Division with immediate effect.
Maroof Afzal, who was posted as secretary of the Information Technology and Telecommunication was transferred and posted as cabinet division secretary by the federal government on May 23, 2019. Since then, the position of Secretary IT and Telecom has been vacant.
According to details shared by our sources, some very important positions in the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications are still vacant.
The position of Member Legal, one of the most important positions, has been empty for more than a year now. The position of Member Telecom has been vacant since March 2019. The positions of Director Telecom Wireless and Director Telecom are also lying vacant.
Moreover, the position of Deputy Secretary and three Section officers have been vacant for a long time.
Official sources in the Ministry revealed that the Ministry of IT and Telecom has two types of officers i.e. regular and MP scale (technical/professional cadre). On the regular side, the Establishment Division is followed for the posting of officers. On the technical side, the process of recruitment of MP positions has been initiated and will be completed shortly.
Last week, Prime Minister approved the appointment of Syed Junaid Imam as Member IT in the Ministry of IT and Telecom in MP-1 scale for a period of two years. For the position of Member Telecom, the Ministry has moved a summary for re-advertisement.
Further interviews for Member Legal have been completed and this position will be filled soon.
Interviews for Director Telecom Wireless and Director Telecom have also been completed and summaries are under submission for the final approval.