Minister: (First generation reforms package to be presented to PM this month: Ahsan)

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday announced that the first generation reforms package has been finalized and would be presented to Prime Minister in January, 2016 for his approval.

He said implementation of reforms would start soon after approval of the prime minister. He said Reform is ongoing process and would continue. He said these reforms are being done in consultation with the all stakeholders for creating ownership.

He said the present government is fully committed to carry out its agenda of reforms to ensure modernization of public sector and to improve the public delivery system.

Ahsan Iqbal expressed these views at the inaugural session of 2nd Pakistan Governance Forum. The forum was largely attended by the civil servants, private sector, academia, civil society and media to deliberate upon the reforms being taken in various areas of governance.

Ashan Iqbal extensively spoke on the reform agenda of the government and achievements and future course of action to bring a radical change in the public sector performance, which has become obsolete to cope with the challenges set by the modern governance model.

Ahsan Iqbal informed the participants about various initiatives taken by the current government in lieu of the reform agenda and pointed out that first time performance contract of ministries have been devised by virtue of which the selected 11 ministries and divisions would sign with Prime Minister about their deliverables in one year.

These would be translated into their KPIs. The minister announced one billion rupees Performance Management fund to award and incentivise those ministries who would perform better in their delivery and achieving the desired results.

The Minister also announced that government is starting a Citizen Satisfaction Survey to compile Citizen Satisfaction Index about the public sector institutions’ performance through their inputs.

He said the government is also setting up an Excellence & Innovation Fund to encourage innovative ideas in governance. Similarly, ten million rupees grants would be extended to those ministries and departments who bring forth innovative ideas to improve governance and public delivery system.

He said for performance evaluation of civil servants, the present ACR system has become obsolete and a new ACR system is being introduced by evaluating them on the basis of attributes of leadership and soft skills.

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