Public Reforms.

KP's Chief Minister (CM), Mahmood Khan, has given directives to reform and restructure civil service policies to make them more people-centric and to eliminate unnecessary and time-consuming procedures. Proposed amendments include frequent transfers of civil officers and state land from one department to another. These are promises that have been made before, and have been left unfulfilled despite tall claims of 'progress'. Public service is still dominated by officers who have been serving for decades, neglecting the immense potential that lies in new talent. The hope is that within the next 15 days a more inclusive, retributive and comprehensive structure will be created and passed onto the cabinet for approval.

According to the CM, the rules under the KP Civil Administration Act of 2020 must be altered to include the transfer of every civil servant to another department after two years. Furthermore, inter-departmental transfers of state land should be made and an automated system of allocation should be established to eliminate delays. These are good and simple steps to take in theory but not much ground has been achieved to actually implement similar ideas introduced in the past as well. The region is in...

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