The federal government led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has inched closer towards introducing civil/superior services reforms. If the government remains successful in imposing it then it would be bringing a revolutionary change in the government departments and would bring the government officials on par with the private sector.
Imran Khan, after becoming the Prime Minister last year, highlighted the need for depoliticizing the bureaucracy which was only possible by introducing reforms in the civil services of the country.
Back in the month of September 2018, PM Khan formed a task force under Dr. Ishrat Hussain and asked them to present a layout on the matter mentioned above.
The committee after 6 months of collaboration, presented its proposal for reforms in a meeting held in the federal capital last week.
As per sources who are aware of the matter the reforms proposal suggests eliminating the colonial concept of superior services in the country.
The draft suggested changing the present examination system of CSS by the introduction of the concept of specialized bureaucracy. Doing this, the aspiring civil servant would not be required to appear in the general examination for all cadres and services, there would be special exams for specific streams.
The proposal suggests introducing 4 streams or groups so that the candidates with specific qualification get to join the respective streams.
The reforms proposal which has been sent to the cabinet for approval suggests revising the entry-level test process for analyzing the analytical ability, aptitude and the domain-specific knowledge of the aspiring candidates.
There would be 4 stages if the new test system gets approval. The stages are:
- Screening Test
- Cluster-based specialized recruitment
- Psychometric evaluation
- Final interviews of the shortlisted candidates
The proposal also suggests making salaries equivalent to the private sector and to provide decent post-retirement benefits to the civil servants.