Islamabad (September 14, 2018): Prime Minister Imran Khan has held an assurance to civil servants that they will be protected from political interference and merit will be ensured in appointments.
He was addressing civil servants in Islamabad on Friday.
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The prime minister said that there is a need to come out of colonialism-driven thoughts, adding, “We have to serve our people instead of rule over them”.
He urged the bureaucrats to change their attitudes.
The Prime Minister pointed out that political interference over the years degenerated our bureaucracy which was in the era of 60s considered as a pride of the country. He assured that past prestige of the civil service will be restored.
The Prime Minister urged civil servants to fully support the ambitious reforms agenda of the government as it is aimed at securing the future of our young generations.
Imran Khan said reforms will also be introduced in the civil service and adviser Ishrat Hussain has been entrusted the responsibility towards that end.Prime Minister Khan said that the country cannot be saved if there is no accountability.
“Third world countries are poor because of corruption,” PM Imran asserted.
PM Imran stressed, “We will not progress until we change ourselves. Everyone from the public to politicians and bureaucrats must change themselves.”
“Nothing is impossible in this world,” he added.
The premier further said, “We are paying Rs6 billion in interest on loans every day.”On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate two new trains Rawalpindi Express and Mianwali Rail Car today.
Rawalpindi Express, with total capacity of 685 passengers, will leave simultaneously from Lahore and Rawalpindi station at eight tonight.
Passengers will get fifty percent concession in fares on the first day on both trains.
Online booking facility is also available to public to book their seats from home.
Earlier on September 13, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Pakistan Railways to submit a comprehensive plan for launching anti-encroachment drive and future utilization of railways land for generating revenues within fifteen days.He was chairing a briefing on Ministry of Railways in Islamabad.
Secretary Railways Muhammad Javed Anwar briefed the Prime Minister in detail about Pakistan Railways and various measures being taken to turn-around the organization into a sustainable and profitable venture.
He also apprised the Prime Minister about the issue of thousands of acres of encroached land of Pakistan Railways worth billions of rupees.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and other senior officials of the ministry were also present at the briefing.