Govt Decides to Restructure 441 State Entities under new strategy
- The govt is going to restructure nearly 450 state departments under a restructuring strategy.
- A high-level implementation committee has been constituted for working out an implementation strategy.
- The govt also formed a task force on austerity and restructuring aiming at the restructuring of various state entities at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
Under a restructuring strategy, the government has decided to restructure 441 state entities in order to simplify government affairs.
The government is planning to surrender 117 entities through privatization, closing down, merging or handing over to provinces under the 18th Constitutional Amendment. However, the other 325 entities will be kept in two categories.
Under the strategy, the 441 organizational entities have been divided into seven categories. Under the first option, 43 entities will either be privatized or transferred to Sarmaya-e-Pakistan Limited.
Apart from these, 14 entities will be handed over to provincial governments, Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit-Baltistan in light of the 18th Amendment.
The implementation committee will make a plan for closing down eight entities in cases where they have lost the justification for their continued existence.
A strategy will be framed to merge 35 entities with other entities having overlapping and duplication of responsibilities. Seventeen entities will be re-organized as training and policy support institutes. The federal government will keep 87 executive departments and 237 autonomous bodies.
Govt forms a Task Force:
The government has formed a task force on austerity and restructuring aiming at restructuring and re-organization of various state entities at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
The task force carried out a comprehensive assessment of each organizational entity working under the government. It proposed their restructuring aimed at achieving greater efficiency, effective decision-making, and improved service delivery.
In a bid to simplify the affairs of the government, various categories of entities working under ministries and divisions have been proposed to be classified into two broader categories; autonomous bodies and executive departments.
The relevant ministry and division will be responsible for plan formulation and monitoring. Further, the execution and implementation will be the responsibility of autonomous bodies and executive departments.
Likewise, the regulatory agencies will be independent of the line ministry and division and will be located in the Cabinet Division for administrative purposes.
Powers, functions, and criteria for dividing various entities between autonomous bodies and executive departments have been given in the task force report.
Govt constitutes a high-level implementation committee:
The task force suggested the constitution of an implementation committee comprising secretaries of relevant ministries and departments.
The establishment Division secretary is proposed to head the committee. It will comprise secretaries of finance, law and justice, Cabinet Division special secretary and the secretary concerned.
The implementation committee will work in consultation with the task force in order to execute the implementation strategy and work plan.
The committee will also conduct a cost and benefit analysis related to the entities and expected outcome of the proposed transformation with reference to service delivery. It will also work on constitutional and legal considerations.