Passport Office’s contractual employees appeal for regularisation


The Government of Pakistan Cabinet Secretariat’s Establishment Division has directed the Interior Ministry to obtain an NOC from the division before making any new appointments in the Machine Readable Project (MRP) of its affiliated department, Passport and Immigration Directorate.

The Ministry was directed that the additional employees are regular civil servants and cannot be placed against contractual posts as per policy in vague.

The directive further states that the Ministry may fill 51xpost of BS-16 and BS-17 employees on contract basis in MRP project in accordance with the approved recruitment rules subject to completion of all codal formalities and in line with directions of the division’s recruitment policy dated October 27, 2014 and mechanism dated January 16, 2015 and March 3, 2016.

Meanwhile, 51 contractual employees of the technical wing of MRP once again expressed deep anguish and protest for not regularising them despite working on contract basis for the last 13 years and Islamabad High Court’s orders in this regard. They appealed the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to give immediate orders to regulate them as contractual employees of the departments of the same grade like National Highway Authority, Federal Investigation Agency and education etc.

In a representation, they pleaded that after the launching of MRP in 2003, they were employed on contract basis through proper advertisement and interviews. They are performing their entrusted duties vigorously for the last 13 years. Besides, they have achieved an extraordinary ability and experience. To keep them on contract is against justice and law, they said.

Two years ago, the department sent a regular summary and necessary details to the Ministry but delaying tactics and policy is being adopted consistently due to which they are suffering from mental torture and their future is also looking blackened, they protested.

The employees asserted that besides working on the project, they have also performed in different capacities on different stations and are still doing so. Most of the employees are performing in overseas embassies on deputation.