ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday was presented the report concerning devolution of ministries under the final phase of devolution process under the 18th amendment and its aspects. The report was presented to the PM by Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, chairman of the 18th Amendment Implementation Commission. During the meeting, according to sources, the difficulties and obstacles created by the bureaucracy in the implementation of the 18th amendment were discussed in detail.
Sources said that Mian Raza Rabbani, chairman of the 18th Amendment Implementation Commission, reiterated his resolve that implementation procedure was done in letter and spirit, of the devolution plan which envisages transfer of subjects from the federal to provincial governments.
Mian Raza Rabbani briefed the Prime Minister on the progress with regard to the implementation of the 18th Amendment. He also apprised him of the views of various parties and some aspects of the devolution process. During the meeting, Rabbani informed PM on the pros and cons and hitches created by the bureaucracy during devolution of ministries under 18th Amendment Implementation.
He gave methodical briefing on devolution of seven ministries and his sheer recommendations in this regard. He told him that Federal Cabinet meeting be summoned so that methodical approval of the seven ministries could be formally approved.
He stressed the need that legislation must be made on the protection and safeguard of employees hence parliament and provincial assemblies must take review it. According to Online PM highly acclaimed the work put forward by the commission under vibrant leadership of Raza Rabbani.
With the devolution of seven ministries, more than 20,000 employees will be affected. However PM said that the implementation of the amendment should be ensured at all cost and all impediments in the implementation process should be removed.
Meanwhile it is expected that Chairman of 18th amendment Implementation commission, Senator Raza Rabbani would hold special press conference tomorrow in Islamabad. Sources told this Pakistan Times that during the press conference Senator Raza Rabbani would brief the media about process of devolution of ministries to provinces under 18th amendment during third and final phase, steps taken to ensure security of the employees affected by the devolution of ministries to provinces and details about the report dispatched to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani by the Implementation Commission.
Moreover Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif while expressing his concern over slow Progress with regard to implementation on 18th constitutional amendments has written a letter to Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and demanded to convene meting of Council of Common Interest.
On the other hand, the Premier assured the Chief Minister Punjab that his reservations would be taken up at proper forum. The Chief Minister in a letter expressed concern over slow Progress with regard to devolution of ministries to Provinces, besides expressing reservation over hurdles being created by bureaucracy in this respect.
The Chief Minister also said that the ministries, being enjoyed by Pakistan Muslim League (Q) Parliamentarian would also be devolved to Provinces therefore it is creating hurdle in devolution Process. He asked the Premier to convene meeting of Council of Common interest to resolve the issues. In response to letter written, Premier Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani adopted a stance that reservation and concern being expressed by Chief Minister Punjab would be taken up at amicable forum. The devolution of ministries would be completed by June 30, he said, adding that, the meeting of federal cabinet has been summoned to approve devolution of ministries to Provinces. The Provinces would be taken into confidence on every issues, he assured the Chief Minister.-Online