Legislators concerned over appointment process in PESCP

Ijaz Kakakhel

A legislative body of Upper House of Parliament on Monday expressed their concern over the appointment process in Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) and directed the ministry of power officials to satisfy the senators over the issue in next meeting.

Though the ministry of power division provided details over the recruitment process in PESCO but the legislators termed it unsatisfactory.

The directions was given in the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Power, which was held today at Parliament Lodges Islamabad under the chairmanship of Senator Saifullah Abro. The Committee while discussing the of Point of Public Importance regarding “Provision of jobs to the candidates who qualified the recruitment test of PESCO”, raised by Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan in the Senate sitting held on 7th October, 2022, the committee was informed that the Ministry of Power Division directed all the DISCOs that the recruitment process, frozen against the posts of Assistant Director/ Junior Engr. & revenue officers (BPS-17), may be continued subject to the condition that fresh interviews be conducted for all candidates interviewed previously. The Committee was apprised that accordingly, the interviews were conducted.

The committee was informed that since the recruitment process became doubtful the ministry decided that in order to further expedite the process, the process should be outsourced (NTS) only to the extend of the written test. However the committee was not satisfied with the answers of the official, and kept the matter pending, it was also recommended the process of recruitment and joining of the SDOs/AMs must also remain pending till the committee obtain clarity on the matter.

The committee also sought the agreement, the listed and short listed candidates and the transparency report. Senator Saifullah Sarwar Khan Nyazee, Senator Zeeshan Khanzada, Senator Prince Ahmed Umer Ahmedzai, Senator Haji Hidayatullah Khan Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi Senator Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo, Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and Senator Sana Jamali. Officials from the ministry and K-Electric was also attended the meeting.

While discussing the consideration of Public Petition No PP-4964 regarding “Regularization of the Employees recruited in FESCO as LS-I & SSO-I through advertisement in 2015-2016”, referred by Honourable Chairman Senate, the committee was apprised that the ministry of Power Division has directed that no employee working on contingent/ daily wages.