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Depleted strength: Bureaucracy faces severe manpower shortage

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ISLAMABAD:An already understaffed bureaucracy in Pakistan will face a more entrenched manpower shortage when about 82 top bureaucrats retire by the end of next year, according to official figures. While 33 bureaucrats have already retired in 2010, at least 15 more are slated to retire by the end of 2010 while another 34 will retire by the end of 2011.

Exacerbated by the government’s inability to fill the vacuum, only about 100 bureaucrats between Grades 19 to 22, compared to 284 total available posts, will be working in the civil services by the end of 2011, according to data prepared by the establishment division on October 15, made available here Tuesday.

The data also indicates that 26 positions in Grade 19, 83 in Grade 20, 17 in Grade 21 and 15 posts in Grade 22 are lying vacant, or are anticipated to be vacant, within the next three weeks. Meanwhile, some 21 experienced top bureaucrats, dumped into an ineffective pool of officers on special duty (OSDs) for a variety of reasons, are waiting for postings. Some of these bureaucrats have been waiting for years. Besides, five bureaucrats, not designated as OSDs, are waiting for postings, including Kamran Lashari, Javid Ali, Javed Iqbal, Rana Altaf and Ramzan Javaid.

The bureaucrats in Grade 22 retiring by January 1, 2011 include Secretary Privatisation Commission Shahab Anwar, Secretary Zakat and Ushr Division, chairman National Tariff Commission under commerce division Batool Qureshi, chairman Pakistan Science Foundation Fareed Khan, Secretary Information Technology Najeeb Ullah , secretary Planning and Development Division Ashraf Hayat, Secretary Communication Division Sharif Ahmad, Special Secretary to Prime Minister Ghalib Din and Secretary Federal Ombudsman Secretariat Tauqir Faiq. Senior provisional police officers Tariq Saleem for Punjab and Sultan Salahuddin Babar for Sindh will complete their contract on December 16, 2010.

Input from Agencies

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