Sindh set to offer 90,000 jobs summary sent to CM
KARACHI: In the wake of the Sindh cabinet’s decision to lift the yearlong ban on jobs in government sector, the provincial services and general administration department has identified some 90,000 posts in 47 ministries and directorates, which will soon be advertised for recruitment, it emerged on Tuesday.
A summary of ‘vacant positions’ has been compiled and sent to the competent authority.
Almost half of the vacant positions (i.e. 42,816) are lying with the home ministry, followed by the education department, where 26,789 posts are to be filled.
The ministry of health has also been suffering due to the shortage of manpower, with 6,337 positions up for grabs.
The labour and human resource ministry requires 2,000 more employees on its vacancies, while 1,656 posts are vacant in the irrigation sector.
The Board of Revenue, agriculture and population welfare have more than 1,000 vacant posts to offer.
Some 19 other departments, including livestock and fisheries, public health engineering and rural development, energy, food, wildlife, enquiries and anti-corruption establishment, law, excise and taxation, works and services, and university and education boards are in need of hundreds of employees. Among these 19 departments, the livestock and fisheries has the highest number of positions (869) to fill.
Less than 100 posts are vacant in each of the 18 other departments including finance, industries, local government, and women development.
Besides, some 54 posts are vacant in Sindh Governor’s Secretariat, while 40 such vacancies are available in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Officials said some 50,000 positions among these would be filled through a selection committee and Sindh Public Service Commission according to their pay and scale.
Recruitment in all the sectors had been banned on the verbal directive of former chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in August 2015.
The officials said the ban caused shortage of staff in various ministries as appointments against vacant posts could not be possible.
Last week Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah plainly told the cabinet that there should be no compromise on merit as he needed efficient people to make departments efficient.
The officials said lifting of ban on jobs should be taken as ‘good news’ by the unemployed educated youth. They said that once the vacancies were filled by capable individuals on merit it would surely improve the government’s performance.
Besides, they added, the employment opportunities would reduce poverty caused by joblessness.
However, critics feared that the lifting of ban on government jobs would open floodgates of corruption in Sindh, which was already a victim of bad governance and rampant graft practices.
“For decades, jobs have been sold to the corrupt and not offered to the skilled and honest. It is difficult to expect something that could reverse this practice,” conceded an official in the provincial government.
But some other officials said the chief minister had clearly directed the relevant authorities that recruitment be done on merit only. They said the direction of the wind had changed its course and the people of Sindh should hope for the best.