PM Imran Khan assures depoliticization of bureaucracy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Stressing the dire need to promote professionalism in every sphere, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that bureaucracy will be depoliticized and insulated from all kinds of political pressures.

While presiding over a meeting of Task Force on Civil Service Reforms in Islamabad on Friday, the prime minister said that the government is firmly committed to undertake structural reforms of bureaucracy to make it efficient and responsive to the needs of time.

The prime minister regretted that bureaucracy was heavily politicized during the past 10 years which resulted in its inefficiency and created a fear amongst the bureaucrats.

Imran Khan said that the existing government system cannot compete with private sector where merit determines the positions and seniority. He said that no system can sustain or deliver if accountability and merit is missing. He said that we need to restructure and reform our bureaucracy to make it pro- progress and innovative.

The prime minister said that we are committed to protect integrity and security of tenure of bureaucrats so that they could devote their energies towards translating political vision into reality. He said that we have to attract best minds to serve the country.

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Moreover, he said that talent is abundant in the country but the existing system does not allow talent to emerge.

The prime minister said that political class also needs to be trained to deal with the changing times.

Imran Khan said that we are also bringing a model local government system wherein local representatives will be fully empowered to carry out public welfare work.