PM rejects summary seeking increase in CSS exam age-limit

Steps be taken to mitigate climate change impact on agri

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejected on Friday a summary filed by the Establishment Division which recommended a two-year enhancement of the upper age-limit for Central Superior Services (CSS) examination.
“The increase in the number of academic years from 14 to 16 for a bachelors degree is really no justification to enhance the upper age-limit for CSS candidates,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister House said.
The statement said the government should encourage people to join civil service at a younger age at which they are expected to be comparatively more receptive to the core ethics of civil service and the basic tenets of the public interest.
“The minimum existing stipulated requirement in terms of experience for any officer of BS-21 to be considered for promotion to BS-22 is 24 years. In actual practice it takes even longer, and most officers end up being able to serve in BS-22 for the last year or two of their careers,” the statement upheld.
The statement clarified that by raising the age-limit from 28 to 30 years would only serve to exacerbate the current situation as even more officers would superannuate before, or soon after, their promotions to BS-22.
“This in turn would mean a further reduction in the pool of seasoned and experienced officers available to the federal and provincial governments for appointment in key positions,” it added. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has said measures should be taken to mitigate impact of climate change on agriculture sector.
Taking notice of various issues that are keeping the agriculture sector under constant pressure, he said that research institutions should be revitalized.
He directed the Ministry of National Food Security to start consultative process with provincial governments and stakeholders for the development of agriculture sector.
He emphasized the need for a long term ground water policy to ensure availability and efficient utilization of this water scarce resource.

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