Senate Functional Committee on Devolution in its meeting has expressed its concerns yet again on the persistent delay in formation of a permanent Secretariat of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) and has said that the state of affairs is going in an outright violation of how it was envisaged in the Constitution and a contradiction of the intent of the legislation. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Maula Bux Chandio here at the Parliament House on Tuesday and was attended among others by Senators Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Mian Raza Rabbani, Shamim Afridi, Sassui Palijo, Secretary Establishment Division, Secretary Inter-Provincial Coordination and officials from the ministry.
The Committee noted that CCI and IPC have different roles and these should be mixed. The Committee was given the background and current status of the matter of establishment of a permanent secretariat of CCI by Secretary IPC but the members of the Committee were of the opinion that the matter in question requires response from the minister as it is a policy decision. The Committee directed the officials to convey to the minister to attend the next meeting so that the matter can be constructively discussed.
The Committee also discussed the post devolution status of overall employees including officers as well as officials of devolved ministries/divisions as a result of 18th Amendment. The Committee was told by Secretary Establishment Division that a total of 4,411 employees were affected as part of the devolution process. Out of these 3,446 were left with the federal government and others were sent to respective provincial departments in the devolved areas. As of today only 14 employees have unresolved status and all others have been adjusted. The Committee appreciated the fact that not a single government employee was unemployed in the process of devolution and at the same time called for resolution of any and all service related issues in the federal and provincial governments relating to those sent after devolution.