Impartial babus hold key to progress: Sethi

Chief Minister Najam Sethi has said since bureaucracy plays a fundamental role in the administrative affairs of a state and its impartiality is the key to progress and prosperity of a country. “Public servants cannot deliver just sitting in the air-conditioned offices. They must come to the field to redress public grievances,” the chief minister said while addressing the passing-out ceremony of 40th common training programme of probationers at Civil Services Academy Wednesday.

Health Minister Salima Hashmi, Civil Services Academy Director General Khalid Sultan, National School of Public Policy Rector Ismail Qureshi and officials concerned attended the event. The chief minister announced Rs25 million grant for the Civil Services Academy and appreciated its role for training public servants.

Sethi urged the probationers to establish glorious examples of honesty, trustworthiness and public service. Since the media is free, the judiciary is independent and civil society is active, the government servants should discharge their duties with honesty and dedication, he added.

He said, after completing their training, new government officers would get through difficult situation, but they must establish shining examples of service. He said government officers should be called public servants rather than civil servants as serving the public is their fundamental responsibility. Civil Services Academy DG Sultan also spoke on the occasion and hoped the caretaker chief minister would play his party for fair polls. Sethi distributed awards, certificates, medals, trophies, and cash prizes among probationers and staff of the academy for their outstanding performance.

Separately talking to office-bearers of APNS and CPNE at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, the chief minister reiterated his resolve to hold transparent elections. “Holding fair and peaceful elections is the foremost responsibility of the caretaker government and every effort is being made for the purpose,” he said, adding that there is no pressure over the issue of reshuffle that is being made following the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said the chief secretary and IGP have been given a free hand over the issue of postings and transfers.

The chief minister said that necessary measures are being adopted for improving security arrangements. He said that provision of security to the leaders of political parties is the responsibility of the state and only 25 percent security staff has been called back. He said that maximum security will be maintained at the election-related public meetings and rallies and instructions have been passed to the authorities concerned over the matter.

He said bulletproof rostrums and jammers are being purchased for public meetings. Sethi stressed the need for improving intelligence sharing system between law enforcement agencies. Replying to a question, the chief minister said the Punjab government has not taken decision on Basant so far. The cabinet will decided the matter, the chief minister said, adding that the permission to fly kites at specific parks and open places can be considered.

However, he said the government will not take any irresponsible decision. About water and power problems, the chief minister said directives have been issued to the authorities concerned to ensure water and power supply to the people . He said necessary recourses are being provided to Wasa for the purpose.

He said to provide better healthcare facilities to the patients, sanitary arrangements are being improved in hospitals. Sethi said that Health Department has been directed that all machinery and equipment should be in working order.