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Presentation on the National Commission for Government Reforms. To the Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan by Dr. Ishrat Husain December, 2007. CONTENTS. Objective of Reforms Scope of Reforms Methodology Progress. OBJECTIVE.
the cadre, composition and policies pertaining to human resource deployment and development including a proposal for the evaluation of the future Civil Service Structure.
Government reform has to be comprehensive, concurrent and coordinated as partial, isolated and ad-hoc efforts will not produce the synergy required to achieve the desired results. The scope of work of the Commission has been:
Organization of the three tiers of government and horizontal relationships within and across these tiers.
Internal structure of each Ministry and department and the hierarchical relationships governing the structure, composition, cadre and HR policies.
Size and composition of the Civil Services, at all levels of government.
Business processes including rules of business, financial, administrative, establishment rules and regulations, and flow of work.
The reforms of the Civil Services are aimed at making the Federation strong and promote national integration leading to improved service delivery and cover the whole value chain from:
The internal structure of each ministry, including the continued justification of the attached departments, autonomous bodies has been examined and proposals for mergers etc. have been made. The new structure proposes that policy making, monitoring and evaluation, oversight functions are located in the ministry while the operational and regulatory functions of the Government are delegated to the executive departments, autonomous bodies and regulatory agencies with clear delineation of responsibilities and accountabilities.
a. Review and simplification of existing rules and regulations, their availability on the web pages and their interpretations and applications to be in the public knowledge.
Progress: Establishment rules and regulations have been consolidated and brought together under an updated Establishment Manual.
b. Delegation of adequate powers to the staff who come in contact with the ordinary citizens with their full monitoring and accountability. Progress: The Ministry of Finance has introduced a new system of financial controls under which Chief Finance and Accounts Officers will be appointed to assist the Secretaries of the Divisions in financial management.
c. Increased use of technology to ensure that a lot of forms, returns, reports required by the Govt. can be filled in and submitted electronically.Progress: E-Government Directorate has prepared a plan of introducing E-office suite for each Ministry which needs the approval of the Cabinet.
The Commission consists of a Chairman, seven private sector members and three ex-officio government members.
SC is responsible for approving the recommendations of the NCGR and monitoring their implementation.
The SC can refer the matters to the Federal or Provincial Cabinets for soliciting their views before it decides but a time limit will be given in each case.METHODOLOGY
The Commission forms various sub-committees and co-opts other members from the existing and retired civil servants, private sector, academia etc.
The Commission submits its findings and recommendations to the SC for its consideration and approval. The decisions taken by the SC are final and cannot be re-opened by any other executive body except those under the purview of the legislature or acted upon by the judiciary.
These studies and reports are received by the Commission in the first instance to formulate its views on the practical, pragmatic and implementable recommendations made in these reports.
Action required: The Provincial Governments were requested to pass resolutions by their assemblies authorizing the Federal Government to issue a legal instrument whereby the NCGR is established. The previous Chief Ministers had agreed to this proposal but no action was taken. The decisions of the SC will lack enforcement unless legal cover is provided to NCGR.
Security of Tenure
Re-organization of Structure of Federal Government
Streamlining Rules and procedures
Restructuring the Civil Service
i) Civil Service of Pakistan
ii) Creation of N.E.S
iii) Creation of District Service
Health Sector Reforms
Proposals approved by NCGR
but yet to be placed
before SC for decision
Delegation of Powers
Service Standards & Timelines for Citizen requests