Implementation of 18th Amendment
Implementation Commission on 18th Amendment on Saturday crossed the major hurdle of finalising the administrative and financial plan for transferring five federal ministries to the provinces.
The commission met here Saturday with Mian Raza Rabbani in the chair and resolved that the final decision be taken on it during the special meeting of the cabinet and implementation commission scheduled to be held on Tuesday that would also be attended by chief ministers of all the provinces. The meeting is to be presided over by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani.
The five ministries that would be transferred to the provinces in the first phase include ministries of Special Initiatives, Local Government, Zakat and Ushr, Youth Affairs and Population Welfare.
After go-ahead signal from this special meeting, five ministries would be transferred to provinces, as a result of which the federal ministers of these ministries would leave their portfolio. However, they would continue to work as federal ministers but without any portfolio.
While another set of five ministries will be transferred to the provinces by December 31, this year and last phase of another set of four ministries by March 31, to complete the process of handing over ministries to provinces for which they have already given their nod.
Sources said the commission had finalised the administrative plan for the transfer of 4,000 employees of five federal ministries with preparing three options.
Sources said as a first option, the employees of five federal ministries would be allowed to keep the status of the federal employees while working in the provinces.
Second, if any federal employee of these ministries wanted to remain at the federal government then he would be sent on deputation to some other federal government departments.
Sources said if any federal government employee wanted to opt for province of his choice he/she will be allowed to do so
While through third option, if any federal employee wanted to avail a golden handshake, this option would be made available.
It was also decided to bring necessary legislation to safeguard the interest of the federal employees.
It was decided in the meeting that no federal employee would be retrenched during or after implementation of the 18th Amendment.
The implementation commission asked the Establishment Division to ensure that terms and condition of their service should not be changed to their disadvantage.
Sources said these all these options would be put before the special meeting of the cabinet on Tuesday in which all the chief ministers would be present to take the final decision in this regard.
Sources said that financial matters of these ministries would also be discussed as the provinces wanted a transfer of all the funds of these ministries to the province with each ministry, but the federal government was seeking time to settle the financial matters.