Finance Division Sounds Alarm as Pakistan Post Announces Over 4,000 Vacancies

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance sounded the alarm on Wednesday on the announcement by the Ministry of Communication for more than 4,000 positions for its sub-department, Pakistan Post, as the government grapples with acute budgetary and financial constraints.

The announcement came at a time when provinces have been waiting for the budget to be released by the Finance Division since July 1. The disbursement of the development budget to the provinces is pending for the last quarter of fiscal year 2021-22 (FY22) after a significant cut in the development budget.

According to sources within the Ministry of Finance, the announcement of a department that is dependent on government grants is being taken very seriously as it will increase the financial burden on the ministry. Finance Division officials reportedly discussed the same and are expected to raise the issue with the Prime Minister’s Office, suggesting that the recruitment process be canceled or suspended.

“It is not necessary to recruit so many people to make an already loss-making organization work. Instead of making it a profitable organization through reforms, more burdens are being created,” an official said on condition of anonymity.

Insiders say recruiting for lower positions is usually used to facilitate a minister’s political supporters. Shortly after the positions were advertised, rumors began that front men and party leaders of the minister had been approached for support in the recruitment process. circulating in the department and ministry concerned.

When contacted, an official from the media department of Pakistan Post claimed that the creation department of the post advertised the posts keeping in mind the already vacant positions and the new requirements. However, he could not answer questions about the financial implications of the new hires and the proper approval from the relevant authorities.

Positions advertised include positions for manager, salesperson, administrator, IT manager, engineer, district account manager, consultant, customer relationship manager, office boy, clerk, postman, assistant private secretary, import agent, justice, human resources, data entry operator, security officer, internee, administrative employee and driver, etc.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Federal Minister of Communications and Postal Services Asad Mahmood, who is also a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) leader, said he had started working for the restoration of services postal. He said instructions had been issued to open more than 600 closed post offices.

According to the statement, with these measures taken by the minister, facilities will be available for millions of Pakistanis close to home while many families will have access to direct and indirect employment opportunities.

“Contrary to the department’s privatization plan of the previous government, the new government is reinstating closed offices. These measures taken would include restoration of savings bank, pension, money order and other things besides improving services in rural areas,” he said.

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