Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he will chair the Implementation Commission meeting to be attended by the four chief ministers before November 30 to finalise devolution of the first five ministries to the provinces in line with the basic requirements of the 18th Amendment Act, 2010.
The prime minister made these remarks in a meeting with the Chairman and Members of the Implementation Commission held at the PM House Monday evening.
The prime minister said that subsequently a special cabinet meeting would also be held to take the cabinet members on board. He was emphatic that no federal employee would be retrenched during or after implementation of the 18th Amendment. He asked the Establishment Division to ensure that terms and conditions of their service should not be varied to their disadvantage. He directed the Implementation Commission to make legislation to safeguard the interests of the employees of these ministries.
(Daily Nation published on November 16, 2010)
Gilani directs implementation committee members to make legislation safeguarding employees’ interests. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said no federal employee would be retrenched during or after implementation of the 18th Amendment and asked the Establishment Division to ensure that terms and condition of their service should not be varied to their disadvantage.
The prime minister directed the Implementation Commission to make legislation that safeguarded the interests of the employees of these ministries. He made these comments in a meeting with the Implementation Commission chairman and members, held at the Prime Minister’s House. .
Gilani said that he would chair the Implementation Commission meeting that would also be attended by the four chief ministers before November 30 to finalise devolution of the first five ministries to the provinces in line with the basic requirements of the 18th Amendment.
He added that subsequently a special cabinet meeting would also be held to bring the cabinet members on board as well.
The prime minister directed the commission members to visit provincial headquarters before the end of November, to see for itself the provinces preparation to takeover the new activities. He asked them to ensure that there were no gaps left in the preparations and the transferred employees get their salaries in time and other essential matters.
Gilani said the federal government was committed to implement changes envisaged in the 18th Amendment, in letter and spirit and in the given timeframe
He said that in the first, phase five ministries would be devolved by the end of November or early December. This, he said would be followed by second phase of another five ministries to be devolved by the end of January or early February next year.
He said the abolition of the Concurrent List was a major step towards provincial autonomy and provided the provinces with their legitimate rights in governance.
Commending dedication of the Implementation Commission, the prime minister said, “The commission already has held 19 meetings so far, and completed the groundwork for devolving the first five ministries… which is to be appreciated.”
Implementation Commission Chairman Senator Mian Raza Rabbani briefed the prime minister about the deliberations and steps for a smooth transition in accordance with the 18th Amendment provisions
He informed the PM that as required by the sub-article 8 of the article 270AA, the transition had to be completed by 30th June, 2011, as by that time the provinces would have gotten their fiscal position stabilised due to higher resources transfer under the NFC Award
( Daily English dailytimes published on 16th November, 2010)