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Sindh government shelves plan to give 90,000 jobs before 2018 polls

KARACHI: Sindh government has shelved its earlier plan to give at least 90,000 jobs in 47 departments following a serious financial crisis in respect of salaries to these new posts, Pakistan Today learned on Saturday.

Earlier in the first week of October 2016, the provincial government had lifted the ban on the new appointments in all the government departments, and later Sindh’s chief minister directed the administrative secretaries to run advertisements in the leading newspapers and invite applications for the vacant positions in their respective department.

The sources informed the scribe that almost all the departments advertised in all the leading newspapers and thousands of job applications were also received. However, the entire process suddenly came to halt with neither the written tests being conducted nor any interviews were taken.

According to sources, there are some 42,816 vacant positions in the home department followed by the education department which has as many as 26,789 posts to be filled.

Moreover, there are some 6,337 vacant positions in the health department, while labor, manpower and human resources department has more than 2,000 vacancies.

The Board of Revenue (BoR), agriculture and population welfare departments have more than 1100 vacant positions while irrigation department has 1,656 vacant posts.

About 19 others departments including livestock and fisheries, public health engineering and rural development, energy, food, wildlife, enquiries and anti-corruption establishment, law, excise, taxation and narcotics control, works and services, and university and education boards are also in need of hundreds of employees.

The livestock and fisheries have 890 vacant positions, while around 100 posts are vacant in the remaining departments. Sindh governor’s Secretariat also has 55 vacancies.

The sources further revealed that in the last cabinet meeting, secretary finance had given a detailed briefing on the shortage of funds to pay the newly recruited people saying that the appointments could only be made possible if the Sindh government stops all the ongoing development schemes and shift funds for salaries of these 90,000 jobs.

Rejecting the proposal, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah gave a go-ahead to the secretary finance to ensure smooth funding to the development projects in the whole province and stop all kind of appointments.

Upon the objections raised by some cabinet members on the delay in appointments, the chief minister maintained said that such development work would benefit more than these 90,000 jobs would do, the sources said.

The sources claimed that new appointments will take place after the polls are held.

The writer is a member of Pakistan Today's Karachi Bureau.

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