Balochistan jobs: Need for transparency
File Photo: YDA President, Dr. Yasir Achakzai during a protest near CM Secretariat for protection of PPEs to health professionals

Balochistan jobs: Need for transparency

Editorial : 

Transparency and stricter accountability in the ongoing recruitment process in various departments can help the government win public trust and strengthen democracy. People of Balochistan have heard enough about the provision of jobs to the jobless.

Now it is about time to translate words into action in terms of providing jobs to the jobless. The provision of 17,985 jobs to jobless youth of the province is the right step in the right direction.

Undoubtedly, Chief Minister Jam Kamal led government deserves appreciation for providing jobs. Thousands of vacancies have been lying vacant in different departments for the last few years in the province. Successive governments had failed to fill the posts rather they always spent their energy on the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).

Complaints about the recruitment process are yet to be addressed 

However, complaints in the recruitment process in some departments are yet to be addressed. Candidates who had applied in levies force Khuzdar complained about irregularities in appointments during their protest in Quetta. Nawabzada Gohram Bugti, an elected MPA from Dera Bugti also claimed, ‘vacancies on sale‘ a few months back.

In political governments, every minister and adviser tries to post a blue-eyed as a secretary to run the department. The same is happening in Balochistan. Ministers and advisers try to post their blue-eyed from section officer to secretary and DG to MD to get their orders implemented.

Some bureaucrats always get good postings

It is irony of fate that some ‘yes man’ secretaries always get attractive departments. Whereas, the secretaries and officers who are known for principles and merit are always made OSDs. This is one of the dirty faces of governance in this part of the country. An officer who scored best in the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) that assess and evaluates the performance of officers were transferred in a very short span of time. Sources said the officer had refused to toe the political line and made an abortive attempt to challenge some high ups.

Govt deserves appreciation for appointments of 9,000 teachers and 1,000 doctors 

Indeed, the Jam Kamal government deserves appreciation for the appointment of over 9,000 teachers and over 1,000 doctors to improve the two important sectors. None dispute the process of appointment in the two departments.

However, candidates have repeatedly expressed their reservations about the recruitment process in the rest of the departments including agriculture, mines and minerals, industries, levies, PDMA, prisons, etc.

Complaint cell needs to set up at CM Secretariat 

A mechanism of transparency needs to be introduced and strictly implemented to appoint talented youth in government departments. The process of ministers and advisers suggesting names for the appointments should be stopped.

Official statistics revealed that still thousands of vacancies are lying vacant in different departments. It is the responsibility of the provincial government to ensure merit and transparency in terms of appointments. A complaint cell/ hotline with regard to the recruitments needs to be set up at the chief minister’s secretariat to address the grievances of candidates timely.

Balochistan jobs: Need for transparency

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.