Adviser to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr Ishrat Hussain on Thursday disclosed that only eight government departments would be wound up as part of the reorganisation plan already approved by the cabinet, reported by Dawn News.
He, however, said that the number of these entities would be reduced from 441 to 342 as some would be merged with others and some would go to the provinces.
Dr Ishrat’s remarks came days after Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry’s statement about the likelihood of abolition of 400 government departments did the rounds on social media.
“I have nothing to do with politics. I have nothing to do with what Fawad Chaudhry has said,” the prime minister’s adviser, who heads two task forces on civil services reforms and austerity, told the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat which met here with Senator Talha Mehmood in the chair.
He said nobody would lose their job and those serving the organisations being shut would be transferred to some other departments.
He said the proposal had been approved by the cabinet and an implementation committee headed by him had been formed.
Dr Hussain said the cabinet had also approved the merger of various federal entities into new poverty alleviation and social security division, the merger of commerce and textile division, the abolition of capital administration and transfer of activities to relevant sectoral ministries, reorganisation of the national health services ministry.
He said another proposal for across-the-board enhancement of retirement age from 60 years to 63 years was also being examined. He, however, observed that there would be no difference between deadwood and performers if it was done.
He said the cabinet had also approved a roadmap for e-governance to bring efficiency and transparency and to curb corruption. He said a national IT Board had also been put in place. Under the plan, he said, all circulars, manuals and rules would be made available on websites of relevant departments.