Islamabad, November 08, 2012 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari has said that efficient, effective and dedicated civil servants, imbued with the spirit of ‘service to the people’, could play a decisive role in finding solutions to the issues confronted by the country and can effectively assist the governments in steering the country towards socio-economic prosperity and progress.
This he said during his meeting with the participants of 97th National Management Course of National School of Public Policy here at Aiwan-e-Sadr today.
The President while interacting with senior civil servants remarked that being part of permanent state structure, civil servants are the back bone of the administrative machinery of the country and have a unique role in policy formulation and ensuring its effective implementation.
He said that it is the duty of every civil servant to meet the challenges of administration regardless of any consideration of which political party was in the power. While remaining aloof from politics, a civil servant ought to understand the dynamics of politics, the President continued.
According to the prepared text of President’s speech, he said that there was a general complaint that over the years the capacity of the civil bureaucracy has diminished. He called upon the civil servants to reflect on this perception and analyze reasons for it.
He urged the gathering to also ponder as to why various governments in past failed to give due attention to various issues related to economy, education and health, water management, energy security, and poverty reduction and employment generation. He expressed the hope that the input by the bureaucrats would greatly help the Government in formulation of appropriate policies to overcoming the prevailing challenges.
The President also invited the civil servants to also give a thought to how to make the system deliver better. He said that it was the job of a civil servant to offer options to address the problems of the people and it was their responsibility to implement the decisions of the political governments with utmost sincerity and speed.
On this occasion the President also recounted various achievements of the present government including successes in the fight against militancy, granting provincial autonomy, brining in Eighteenth Constitutional amendment and Twentieth Constitutional amendment, the NFC Award, introduction of Aghaz-i-Huqooq-i-Balochistan, pursuing and strengthening the process of Reconciliation, launching of the Benazir Income Support Program, giving shares to the workers in state-run-enterprises, giving identity to the people of Pakhtunkhwa and legislating to protect women from all sorts of exploitations, enacting policies for economic betterment and attracting greater investments. But this is not enough, the President continued.
He said that we have to build on these gains as we still have to travel a long distance. The President said that the Government needs the support of the civil servants in finding solutions to many problems of the country.
The President said that good governance was critical in enabling the people reap the dividends of democracy. He said that strengthening of our institutions rather than individuals was the need of the hour to confront the challenges facing the state.
He said that structure dependent upon the individuals rather than institutions are fragile. He said that the great men in history have sought to make the institutions stand on their own and not make them dependent on themselves.
The President also said that the Government believes in safeguarding the legitimate interests of the civil service of Pakistan and was conscious of the need to attract the best talent in civil services. He assured the participants the Government would continue doing its best to resolve the problems that stand in the way of a motivated and satisfied civil service.
While expressing the hope that the civil servants would continue doing their best despite constraints, the President remarked that if you can bring about even a little improvement in the system, you have done your job. He said that the success of every one of you is the success of the structure of civil service and urged the officers to make a resolve to deliver their best in the service of the country and the people.
Later, the meeting turned into an interactive session where the President answered various questions of the participants on wide ranging topics which included among others the issue of militancy, economic issues, political stability in the country, Pakistan’s foreign relations, strengthening of bureaucracy and the accountability.
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