| 04 February, 2010
The NWFP Minister for Finance, Engineer Muhammad Humayun Khan announced
(By Faiz ur Rehman Khan NWFP) The NWFP Minister for Finance, Engineer Muhammad Humayun Khan announced a donation of Rs. 10 million for the construction and modernization of the library at the Cadet College, Kohat while addressing the annual prize distribution ceremony of the College held at the auspicious Faizullah Khan Auditorium on Thursday in which young cadets received gold medals, shields and trophies amongst lot of commendations from the audience. The function was attended by the advisor to the NWFP chief minister Niaz Ali Shah, Secretary Finance, NWFP Sahibzada Saeed Ahmad, President Kohatians Association Ehsan Ghani Khan and a large number of old Kohatians and parents of cadets.
Before the commencement of the prize distribution ceremony, cavalries of young cadets presented guard of honour and March past, followed by visit of the chief guest to the exhibitions of scientific inventions, art work and drawings prepared by the cadets? Addressing on the occasion the finance minister said that the Cadet College, Kohat, since its inception had become the hub of quality education due to its glorious traditions, pleasant environment, teaching facilities and outstanding achievements. He said the education at the CCK provided equal opportunities to the children of the middle class people on the basis of merit.
The minister appreciated the cadets for their smart turn out, excellent march past, impressive display of horsemanship and creative skills in arts and science exhibitions.
He said they were passing through an era of competition and research in which only the best of the best in science and technology, research and creative talent would excel. He called upon the cadets to strive to attain proficiency in all those fields. He said modern education should focus on future hopes and aspiration for better, brighter and supreme accomplishments of life. The minister finance said it was his utmost desire to contribute as much as he could to the welfare of this institution. He said an allocation of Rs. 35 million was made to the college last year while this year Rs. 1.0 million had been sanctioned for installation of security cameras and search lights in the CCK. He said the same amount would be released soon.
He also acknowledged the efforts of CM’s advisor for getting 25 Chinese rifles for the CCK. He also lauded the acumen and sagacity of the NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti in this connection. The minister also underlined the achievements of the NWFP government especially in the net hydel profit and the 7th National Finance Award.
Principal of the college Brigadier ® Inamul Haq presented welcome address and highlighted achievements of the CCK by producing outstanding academic results in the board examinations. He also explained the overall best positions taken by the cadets of the college. Later, the finance minister, advisor to CM and president Kohatians Association one by one gave away medals, shields and trophies to the best cadets in different capacities, including curricular and extra curricular.
NWFP Minister fro Population Welfare Seleem Khan has stressed upon teachers to play their vital role in achieving the goal of stabilized population by crating awareness among the students about the negative of impacts of the rapidly increasing population. He was addressing as chief guest the concluding session of a two day teachers sensitization workshop on “Population and Development” arranged by Ministry of Population welfare Government of Pakistan in collaboration with Regional Training Institute Peshawar in Peshawar on Thursday. Male and female teachers from various public schools of Peshawar district participated in the workshop who were sensitized about the negative impacts of the rapidly increasing population on national development. In his address, Provincial Minister said the rapidly increasing population was posing serious threats for the developmental programs throughout the world in general and in Pakistan in particular which needs to be addressed on war footings with the coordinated efforts of all the concerned public and private sector departments so that we can secure the future of our coming generations. Our resources are not increasing with pace our population is increasing which results in many social and economic problem including unemployment, price hike, shortage of food items and energy crisis etc; Saleem Khan maintained. He termed the role of education department and specially teachers in creating awareness regarding population explosion as vital and hoped that the teacher community would play its vital role in this regard.
Executive District Officer Education Peshawar Jamilur Rehman, Director General Population Welfare, Noor Nawaz Khattak and other speakers also addressed on this occasion
The President of NWFP Civil Secretariat Private Secretaries, Personal Assistants and Stenographer’s Association Muhammad Iqbal urge the Chief Secretary NWFP for consideration of demands of the Stenographers of NWFP Civil Secretariat and stated that NWFP Non Gazeetted Employees Association (NGEA) had made a demand for conversion of 30% posts of Assistants into Superintendents and Junior Clerks into Senior Clerk. In the mean while Stenographers’ association also made a request that in case the demand of NGEA is honoured then equal number of posts of Stenographers may be upgraded to Private Secretaries. Besides this we also requested for separation of 20% share in promotion to the posts of BPS-17 at the ratio of 50,50 (1X1) for both the cadres, but all in vain. Because if the main issue / the real bone of contention i.e. ratio is once decided, it will settled and resolve all the problems and will bring peace and harmony in the services delivery of both the cadres of the Secretariat. He further stated that the prospect of the Stenographers’ cadres is already bleak/scant. Pace of promotion if both the cadres is judge then it will transpire that if a Class-IV and Stenographer join Secretariat on one date the Class-IV will get promotion up to Assistant whereas Stenographer will static in the scale. Another set back given to Stenographers’ cadre is that the number of sanctioned strength of Provincial Ministers, Advisors and Special Assistants are 26 and 3 respectively and that too in BPS-17 instead of BPS-16. These posts are required to be shown in BPS-16 instead of BPS-17. He informed that recently Government upgraded the posts of Junior Clerks, Senior Clerks and Assistants and also granted one pre-mature increment in their favour. Astonishing to say they again come up with another demand of 30% up gradation from top to bottom, which is neither feasible nor justifiable. It is fear that on next day Attached Departments may come up with the same demand on the same analogy. The NGEA demand involves huge financial implications and will bring unnecessary burden on Provincial Exchequer. In spite the fact a creation of single post of superintendent is the total destruction of whole stenographers’ community in the joint seniority list of Private Secretaries and Superintendent for promotion to the rank of Section Officer (B-17). Further more, it may also be noted that in the past on the demand of NGEA for creation of Superintendents posts, the then Secretary Finance (Mr.Younis Khan) probably in 1992, made observations that “Superintendents being dying cadre due to introduction of Section Officer Scheme there is no room for creation of such posts”.
All the officers appreciate that the job of Junior Clerks and Superintendents is the same, while the job of Private Secretaries, Personal Assistants and Stenographer is so arduous and laborious, because dawn to dusk, post to pillar, by hook and crooks, they provide every possible help and assistance to high ups, but no body is bother to heel the head of this plight of community. In the recent past according to retrenchment policy, it was felt that there is no need of superintendent posts hence all they were declared surplus but unconstitutionally, unlawfully, illegally with malafide intention they were adjusted and promoted in the same/earlier position instead of bottom in seniority list, there is also injustice with out community. He also mention that at the time of PPP regime in Administrative Reform Package 20 posts of Private Secretaries, 10 posts of Personal Assistants was approved by Government but up till now no single posts is created this another injustice with us for example the recent creation in the newly established Mineral Department is sufficient to justify the loyalties of the high ups with Clerks and Class-IV communities. Beside this irrelevant/unnecessary posts of Assistants are created in Civil Secretariat in excess, which is extraordinary burden on Provincial Exchequer. Due to financial crunch and economy measure, it is the time demand that such posts of Assistants be abolished in the public interest. Now it has come to the knowledge of Stenographers’ Association that Government considered the irrational demand of NGEA. For sure creation of 70 posts of Superintendents (dying cadre) is a clear favour with clerks’ community and a complete ignorance of prestigious and dignified Private Secretaries, Personal Assistants and Stenographers’ community. This back lash, discrimination, deprivation not only blocks our promotion but would disturb the smooth and effective dispensation of Government official business.
Therefore, Government is required to avoid such like disputed issues and may settle ratio first among both the cadres, he added. He, therefore, requested the honourable Chief Secretary, NWFP to look into the matter personally and according to natural law and justice equal treatment may be made with both the cadres. If creation or conversion is made for clerical community then in the same ratio creation and conversion may also be made for Stenographers, cadre. Excessive creation in the clerical cadre is clear threat for career of Stenographers’ community. Such trend need to be stopped as our Government has meager financial resources otherwise being stake holder we reserve the right to protect the legitimate interest of Stenographers community at any cost.