Govt encourages people to join civil services

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed Tuesday said that the government was encouraging people to join civil services at younger age to serve the country in a dynamic way.

He was responding to a calling attention notice of Ms Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak about disapproval of proposed reforms agenda for the Central Superior Services by the Prime Minister causing grave concern among the public.

The minister said the Prime Minister had formed a Reformed Committee headed by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal to bring reforms in CSS and after formulation it would be presented before the Cabinet for approval.

He said raising the age-limit from 28 to 30 years would only worsen the current situation as even more officers would superannuate before, or soon after, their promotions to BS-22.

Aftab Sheikh said raising the age-limit from 28 to 29 would mean a further reduction in the pool of seasoned and experienced officers available to the federal and provincial governments for appointment in key positions.

He added there was already shortage of qualified people in the country and most of BS-21 officers were working on secretary level posts (BS-22).