It is a matter of great concern that the past practice of political interference is still alive and active, at least in Chitral, despite the claim of PTI about good governance.
I have come to know through reliable sources that the appointments of Class IV in different district departments are still ordered on the consent and recommendations of our MPAs. The appointing authorities are not independent to order such appointments on merit. This unfair and unlawful practice has already ruined our public institutions in the past. With the coming into power of the PTI government in KPK, we had developed a sense of optimism about elimination of these malpractices.
The first visible change was seen in the selection of police constables in the recent past, which is appreciated. I would like to share a story rather a fact told by a reliable source. The story goes, ‘a retired officer of civil administration, Chitral, sends Rs.0.6 million as a bribe to someone for the recruitment of his two graduate jobless sons as constables. A few days later, the amount is returned and he becomes hopeless. But to his great astonishment, both his sons get recruited on merit. Is it not a nice start of good governance? I was really pleased to know this great change.
The involvement of politics in the affairs of public institutions, for political gain, started during Seventies, however at low level. During Gen: Zia’s period it remained dormant but, unfortunately, it came in to full swing during Nineties and on wards. Even General Musharaf could not control it. No one can deny the fact that up to the end of Eighties there was no active political involvement and our public services departments functioned, quite independent. The officers could use their assigned powers according to service rules and regulations and there was no corruption or any favoritism.
Our institutions were strong and efficient. When our politicians began active interference in appointments, transfers of the government servants, all the evils entered in to our public institutions and destroyed their very fabric. Postings of the incompetent political activists against wrong posts, in utter violation of merit and services rules, downcast efficiency and encouraged corruption resulting in severe degradation of standard in public services; whether it is education, administration, police, health or any other service. Education has been the most affected department.Subsequent measures adopted to improve service standard became abortive because of continuation of political interference.
The PTI government in KPK is determined to eliminate these kinds of evils. We are sure to see big difference if this malpractice of political meddling is stopped for ever and the Government Servants Efficiency & Disciplinary Rules & Civil Services Rules are strictly followed.
Through your on line paper, I would like to request the honorable CM, KPK to look in to matter with more attention and, at the same time, I request our honorable MPs too, to avoid such involvement and leave a good example in our politics of transparent conduct of the public affairs.
Sher Wali Khan Aseer
Principal (R), Yarkhun, Chitral