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Central Selection Board (CSB) to meet on December 31.

ISLAMABAD, December 29, 2010 (Frontier Star): The Central Selection Board of Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) is scheduled to meet on December 31, 2010 and January 1, 2011 to consider the promotion of BPS 19 and BPS 20 officers to the next grade. Chairman of the FPSC Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas, who is also the Chairman of CSB, will preside over the meeting. The meeting will also be attended by the members of CSB that include Secretary Establishment, IGPs, Chief Secretaries and other officers of Grade 22. Board will consider promotion of over 50 officers including thirteen officers of Police Service that would also be promoted to Grade 20. The meeting of CSB has not been held since September last year following Supreme Court annulled the prime minister's decision of promoting 54 bureaucrats to grade 22 on April 27 this year. The general performance criteria that would be considered by the CSB include Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs) of the officers and the report from the institution of Senior Management Course (SMC) at National School of Public Policy, Lahore, where the officers get their regular trainings. Masood Daher an ex bureaucrat said that ACR is considered as a basic document on whose basis officers were being assessed for promotion. However, he said, there is general tendency that supervisory officer were seldom write adverse remarks in any ACR as this often lead to personal enmity. He said that the promotion criteria need to be modified and general reputation as well as perception should also be included in the process. Often, Masood said, officers known for corruption and misconduct had good ACRs. This time selection of officers for promotion would be a challenge for CSB as many officers who have been currently under inquiry in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and named in other malpractices were also waiting for promotion. NAB has been inquiring FC recruitment scam and Rs 6 billion arms purchase scam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been conducting investigations in Hajj scandal and many other inquiries regarding corruption of on duty officers were under process. For instance, Rana Altaf Majeed had three outstanding ACRs and was best of the best but was denied promotion for few years when the former chief secretary Punjab Hafeez Randhawa challenged decision of his promotion in the Board meeting and the IGPs present there could not defend him. One such example was of Director Administration FIA Inam Ghani who has good report despite his involvement in various scams and charges of hushing up inquiries of multi billion rupees corruption in Nowshera. Ghani was SSP Peshawar when he was removed by the then IGP Riffat Pasha, after an inquiry by the then CCPO, Peshawar Tanveer ul Haq Sipra, for his involvement in Cardamom (Ilachi scandal) scandal. However, the matter was hushed up due to influence of his brother and relatives. Moreover, DIG Hazara Dr. Muhammad Suleman and Dy. Commandant Frontier Constabulary Ghani-ur-Rehman was promoted from BPS 19 to 20 despite being under serious inquiries. Dr. Suleman DIG Hazara was named in Rs 6 billion arms purchase scam in KPK as he was DIG police headquarters when the arms were purchased. NAB has been inquiring him along with other 32 police officers in the arms purchase scam. Former bureaucrats were of opinion that the CSB should also consider the inquiries conducted against the officials and their general reputation when being considered for promotion. It remained to be seen whether the CSB would only consider the ACRs and marks given by National School of Public Policy or would also consider their involvement in corruption or mal practices.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 29, 2010
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