The federal government has decided to eliminate 70,000 Grade-1 to Grade-16 vacancies in the ministries and associate federal divisions.
As per notification details, it is also planning to merge 117 federal departments into a single administrative venue to allow for investments in other sectors. Upon completion, the federal divisions’ census will be reduced from 441 to 324 active departments.
The Pay & Pension Commission will also submit a review of the basic salaries and benefits of the federal employees in February 2021. In this regard, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Pakistan International Airways (PIA), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and Pakistan Railways are working with the concerned ministries to improve governance and standards of accountability.
The Task Force on Austerity and Restructuring of the Government will submit a summary of their report before the meeting of the federal Cabinet to explain the procedure of the elimination of 70,000 vacancies in certain ministries that have been empty since 2020.
The report also highlights the reduction of federal departments from 441 to 324 active divisions in three new categories:
- the Executive Department
- the Independent Department
- the Legal Department
The pre-existing rules for conducting business are being updated, and a succinct roadmap for e-governance has been approved.
Under the National Information Technology Board (NITB), the associate platforms for ministries and the related departments have been integrated with 3G, and web portals are expected to be launched by the end of this month, as per the report.
Meanwhile, the ministries and associate divisions have been directed to advertise new vacancies for hiring skilled professionals. The government also plans on renting buildings to reduce federal expenditure.
For now, the concerned departments and divisions have been shifted to state-owned offices in Kohsar Block, Islamabad.