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PM Nawaz orders to kick out corrupt officers

02 July, 2013

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has written a letter to the federal ministers and secretaries directing them to cancel the contracts of corrupt officials and take concrete measures to eliminate corruption from government offices.

The letter told the ministers and secretaries that since the menace of corruption was a hurdle in the way of serving the masses, so removal of this hurdle was the government's top priority. It said governance cannot be improved unless corruption, nepotism, inefficiency and conflict of interest are tackled upfront.

The prime minister said the issue had been discussed in detail in the first cabinet meeting and on many subsequent occasions. He said clear directions must be issued to officers and staff working under the administrative control of all the ministries, contractual appointees, inductees and deputationists, to perform their assigned duties professionally and in the interest of the general public.

"There is no room for corrupt and non-transparent practices in the present dispensation," he said in his letter. "The people of Pakistan have reposed their trust and confidence in our government and to betray their trust is not an option."

He said the presently deployed staff needs to be properly screened and those having reputation of inefficiency, unfriendly attitude towards public and corruption shall be removed, or their contracts cancelled forthwith.

"The imperatives of good governance are not complete without strict observance of official code of conduct, as well as compliance of general principles of transparency, respect of rules and laws."

Nawaz said for a completely new look of the government, "we need to be very careful in selection of our teams and those holding positions of authority, whether in the divisions or the statutory bodies, as this selection can affect the image of the government on the one hand and its performance on the other."

The prime minister directed that instructions must be strictly followed to bring improvements in the performance of respective domains. He also directed that he be regularly updated about the status of compliance with the instructions mentioned in the letter.

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