Sindh cabinet eases teachers recruitment policy

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The Sindh cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal of easing the recruitment policy for the teachers.

The test was recently conducted by the Sukkur IBA Testing Service in partnership with the provincial government.

The meeting was told that only 11,549 candidates passed the test for primary school teachers (PSTs) against the total seats of 32,510 in the province.

Similarly, 14,000 candidates appeared in the test for the junior elementary school teachers (JESTs) for the total seats of 14.039. Sadly only 1,385 candidates were declared successful.

The meeting was proposed to reduce passing marks from 55% to 50% for the women, while the education department also proposed to lower the passing criteria for the special candidates from 55% to 33%.

The passing criteria for the candidates belonging to the minorities were proposed to be set at 50%. The proposals were approved by the Sindh cabinet.

It is pertinent to mention here that more than 500,000 applications were received against the 46,500 vacancies of Primary School Teachers (PSTs) and Junior Elementary School Teachers (JEST).

The test was conducted by the Sukkur IBA Testing Service in partnership with the provincial government.

Health management cadre: The health department proposed establishment of a Health Management Cadre (HMC) of doctors, who qualified with M.Ph to be posted on the administrative posts, after making necessary amendments in the recruitment rules.

The proposed amendment in the recruitment rules of doctors of BS-18, BS-19 and BS-20, including enhancement of eligibility criteria/qualification and method of appointment for doctors on administrative positions under HMC.

Under the new arrangement 60 percent doctors would be appointed on HMC by promotion from Grade BS-17 having at least five-year service in grade BS-17 and 10 percent amongst grade BS-18 senior medical officers and 30 percent by initial appointment through the Public Service Commission

The cabinet after thorough consideration approved the amendment in the rules and the proposal of establishing HMC in the health department.

8 health units given to PPHI: The provincial cabinet on the recommendation of the health department approved handing over of eight health facilities to PPHI in Larkana district.

They include three taluka hospitals of Arija, Ratodero and Dokri. 50-bedded hospital Garhi Khuda Bux, 100-bedded hospital Naudero, three Rural health centers (RHCs) of Badah, Bangul Dero and Garello.

The cabinet also constituted a committee comprising Minister Energy Imtiaz Shaikh, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, Chairman PPHI Board of Directors, Secretary GA and Secretary Health to restructure/reconstitute Board of Governors of PPHI as per the Public Sector Companies rules 2013 and remove anomalies, if any.

Vehicles for Crime Scene Unit: The cabinet was told that the Crime Scene Unit (CSU) were being established.

The Crime scene investigation primarily deals with the identification, collection, proper packing, transport and analysis of evidence material.

The government has worked out a plan to establish CSU in 31 police districts of the province for which Rs194.4 million have been allocated.

At present, 10 Crime Scene units are working in Karachi but they are not properly functional due to non-availability of the designated vehicles, six other units have been established in Karachi range but are nonfunctional, one in Hyderabad and one in Larkana.

Progress of uplift portfolio: The meeting was told that the development budget for 2021-22 has been allocated at Rs 329.02 billion which include Rs 222.5 billion provincial ADP, Rs 30 billion District ADP, Rs 71.16 billion Foreign aided projects and Rs 5.36 billion federal PSDP grants.

It was disclosed that there 3315 schemes, including 1646 on-going and 1669 new launched at an allocation of Rs222.5 billion. Rs138.384 billion have been allocated for 1646 on-going schemes against which Rs60.894 billion have been released while the expenditures have been recorded at Rs28.547 billion.

The 1669 new schemes launched for Rs84.116 billion have been provided Rs208 million and most of them were in the process of approval.

 

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