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Of civil services reform

IN an article contributed to a publication of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Dr Ishrat Husain has thrown considerable light on the objectives and scope of the civil services reform undertaken…

Politicisation of civil services

Last week we had commented on the 'obvious and not so obvious' issues of civil service reforms, suggesting the civil service is often the victim of 'friendly fire'. We had…

Governance reforms anchored in civil service reforms–II

Compensation structure Civil servants complain about commitment and performance demotivation because their compensation structure compares unfavourably with those in the private sector with similar degree of responsibility and scale and…

A civilization in decline?

In a significant move, the Chinese government has allowed couples to have three children. The permission replaces the two-child policy introduced in 2016. Until then, a one-child policy had remained…

The paradox of the Superior Services

It is that time of the year when around two hundred ambitious young men and women, as well as their families, celebrate their success in the Central Superior Services –…

Civil servants in the dock

THE senior and mid-career civil servants gathered at a lunch all had tales of woe to tell. Their frustration was palpable. It was not just about constant political interference weakening…

Governance, civil service and institutions

The digital warriors have nailed it! It is all about governance. You give us good governance and we will be swinging with the mightiest. Good governance, in turn, is a…

Civil-military ties

THE people of Pakistan have a strong democratic temperament. Throughout the year, the country’s many elections are robustly contested in bar associations, chambers of commerce, professional associations, unions, civil society…

The Civil Society Debate

The civil society debate

The notion of the civil society is frequently used in our modern political and development discourse. The concept of the civil society entails anything ranging from a political party, an…

Effective digital services

Hundreds of thousands of people were unable to collect their pensions and suffered as a result when the National Bank of Pakistan’s online computer system broke down right before Eid.…