Outstanding performance: PM awards appreciation certificates to 10 ministers

–Murad Saeed’s ministry tops the best-performance list

ISLAMABADPrime Minister Imran Khan has awarded appreciation certificates to ten ministers for their outstanding performance.

A ceremony to this effect was held in Islamabad on Thursday.

Those who received the certificates from the Prime Minister included Minister for Communications Murad Saeed, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation Sania Nishtar, Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, Minister for Industries and Production Khusro Bakhtiyar, Advisor on National Security Division Dr Moeed Yusuf, Adviser on Commerce Razak Dawood, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, and Minister for National Food Security Fakhar Imam.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister stressed that improved performance of ministries is very critical to achieve the country’s self-sufficient target.

He said the government is fully focusing on ensuring good governance and the main objective is to improve the lives of the people.

The Prime Minister said performance assessment is very imperative to bring improvement in the bureaucracy.  He said incentives will be increased for best performing ministries in future.

Imran Khan called for exploring non-traditional ways to meet economic challenges.

In line with PM Imran Khan’s vision of good governance, the performance agreements were earlier signed between the Prime Minister’s Office and the federal ministries and divisions to achieve their respective targets.

The prime minister said no system could effectively function without the concept of reward and punishment. “This is a great opportunity to encourage ministries to improve their performance for the benefit of people,” he said.

He suggested that to assess the qualitative performance, weightage should be given to the ministries that kept ahead of the country’s national interest. He said increasing exports, finding import substitution, and poverty alleviation were significant areas of national interest. He mentioned that reforms had been made regarding the powers of the National Accountability Bureau that allowed the bureaucrats to take initiatives.

Imran Khan said quarterly review of the performance of ministries was a step to develop among them a sense of competition to give their best. He congratulated Communication Minister Murad Saeed for achieving the top position and said that the youngest cabinet member had delivered well regarding his ministry.

He said the government’s agenda was transformed into an actionable form through the performance agreement system. He said 1,090 targets had been set by the ministries of which 424 would be completed this year, including 207 related to governance and 100 to infrastructure.

Earlier Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Establishment Mohammad Shehzad Arbab briefed the Prime Minister about the evaluation and assessment process of performance of ministries.

On the basis of performance, Murad Saeed’s Ministry of Communications stood first, Asad Omar’s Ministry of Planning got the second position, and Poverty Alleviation Ministry bagged the third position.

Shafqat Mahmood’s Ministry of Education fourth, Shirin Mazari’s Ministry of Human Rights fifth, Khusro Bakhtiar, Ministry of Industry got the sixth position, National Security Division got the seventh position, Ministry of Commerce of Abdul Razzaq Dawood got the eighth position, Ministry of Interior of Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid got the ninth position while Syed Fakhr Imam’s Ministry of National Food and Security stood at the last and tenth position.

Murad Saeed topped the ministries’ ‘performance agreement system’ set up by the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Establishment Shehzad Arbab.

Shehzad Arbab said that PM Imran Khan gave ownership to the performance system of the ministries’ from the day first. TF REPORT

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