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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif calls for reforms in civil bureaucracy

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Sharif said Saturday that the recent release of a senior Taliban leader shows he is committed to helping bring peace to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)   | Photo Credit: Rahmat Gul

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday expressed concern at and dissatisfaction with the performance of the civil bureaucracy, a media report said.

“It is a point of concern that various officers, even those at the senior level, are lacking in competence and initiative which is hampering service delivery to the public,” the Prime Minister said chairing a high-level meeting at his house here, Dawn reported.

Mr. Sharif directed that a detailed report should be submitted to him within four months’ time in order to bring about holistic reforms in the structure of the civil service, including in the accountability mechanism for civil servants.

The meeting also reviewed the implementation of a reforms agenda of the government, which included deliberations on the setting up of a monitoring, evaluation and delivery cell in the premier’s office.

“The government is focusing on an agenda of economic growth and structural reforms both in the long and short term. Civil service reforms should be oriented towards ensuring welfare of the people,” Mr. Sharif remarked.

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