LAHORE: President Syed Mamnoon Hussain has said that the bureaucracy is the backbone of the country and has a vital role to play in the social and economic development. He was addressing the passing-out of 47 officers of 36th Specialized Training Programme for the Probationary Officers of Pakistan Administrative Service here at Civil Services Academy (CSA) on Monday.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Provincial Minister for Education Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan, Director General CSA Farkhanda Waseem Afzal, Rector National School of Public Policy Ismail Qureshi and faculty members of CSA also were present on the occasion. The President said that efficient governance could improve the service delivery to the people at grossroots level and bureaucracy should adopt zero tolerance against incompetence and corruption.
He advised the officers to perform their duties with an aim to serve humanity for the fear of Almighty Allah.
Mamnoon Hussain said that civil servants must prepare themselves according to the modern needs and challenges of duty.
He said the democratic government was fully committed to overcoming the challenges of extremism, terrorism, militancy, weak economy and corruption.
“We can steer the country towards peace, prosperity, and stability and this is possible through efficient bureaucracy and good governance,” he added.
He said that Pakistan was going to play a very important role at the economic front of the whole region and the Pakistan-China joint project of economic corridor would prove to be a milestone for the prosperity of the people.
The President said that impartiality, commitment and selfless efforts of civil officers could enhance the service delivery to the public.
“You have a unique role in policy making and public welfare must be in your mind during this process,” he added.
The President expressed the pleasure on a 25 percent ratio of female officers in the Pakistan Administrative Service and termed it good for the bright future of the nation.
He endorsed the upgradation plan for the CSA and also announced a grant of Rs. 5 million for establishment of a computer lab on the CSA campus.
The President stressed upon the nation to realise responsibilities following the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and make selfless efforts to bring the country out of crisis.
CSA DG Farkhanda Waseem Afzal, addressing the officers, highlighted the achievements of the institution.
Syed Mamnoon Hussain distributed trophies among position holders in the fields of academia, sports and other events of the academy.
He also gave away certificates to 47 probationary officers including 10 women, three men from Gilgit Baltistan and one each from Hindu and Christian communities.
Later, the CSA DG presented a shield to the President of Pakistan.