PM Office Issues Red Letter to Ministries for Critical Delay in Report Submission
- Taking notice of critical delay in the completion of assigned tasks, Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a ‘Red Letter’ to the ministries/divisions.
- The red letter would factor into the performance report of the concerned ministry, urging them to complete tasks for which deadlines had not yet elapsed.
- The letter directed to complete the assigned tasks no later than September 9 because no further extension will be given.
- Imran Khan is the first-ever Prime Minister in the history of Pakistan to issue a red-letter.
The Prime Minister’s Office has issued a Red Letter to 27 ministries/divisions for the critical delay in the tasks they were assigned.
The red letter is considered to be a final warning and expression of displeasure. It was issued to the secretaries for 27 federal ministries/divisions out of a total of 34 ministries.
The Prime Minister Office asked the concerned ministries to complete the tasks they were assigned by September 9 and to submit a compliance report on the matter to the premier.
Earlier, the red letter had given 30 days to complete certain tasks. These tasks were:
- Provision of the list of positions lying vacant at all levels for framing or update of recruitment rules
- The provision of the list of positions lying vacant at all levels could be re-designated, rationalized or deleted.
- Timely disposal of all disciplinary proceedings initiated against government employees that are lying pending for more than three months
- Provision of the list of officers eligible for promotion not being promoted due to various reasons
- Provision of data on a prescribed format regarding record/files to be archived, machinery, vehicles, equipment to be condemned and disposed-off as per the approved procedure.
On August 17, a Yellow Letter was issued to the ministries. It noted that half of the time that they were given for completion of the tasks had elapsed.
Here is what it stated:
“Despite the above-stated situation, the task got critically delayed and is now lying overdue at your end. No further extension would be granted to the ministry.”
The red letter is considered as a symbol of extreme disapproval. It has been issued by the Prime Minister Office for the first time in the country’s history.
The PM Office has made it clear that the red letter will affect the performance report of the concerned ministries which should complete the assigned tasks as the deadline has yet to elapse.
The red letter warned the relevant ministries who still have time to complete assigned tasks to do as immediately as the letter would become part of their performance report.
The letter directed the ministries to complete the assigned tasks no later than September 9 as no further extension will be granted. Further, it directed to submit details of the officers who are worthy of promotions but have not been granted promotions, officers who have had disciplinary investigations against them pending for three months.
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