Posts tagged ‘service’

July 4, 2011

IIUI has no proper link, service roads

ISLAMABAD, Every day the students of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) have to cover several extra kilometers to reach their classes because their university has no proper link and service roads.


“Even the H-11 Graveyard in the neighbourhood has dual service lanes,” said an official in the administration of the IIUI explaining how the university even had to build its own road from its budget to connect the front campus gates with the double road passing in front of the graveyard and the police lines.


Ali Ahmed said he had to leave home for the bus stand 15 to 20 minutes earlier. “Leaving home and reaching the gates of the university means going around the entire H-10 sector,” the BBA student at IIUI said.


Talking to Dawn, the official explained how the IIUI had no proper access from the Kashmir Highway unlike the military run National University Science and Technology (NUST) roughly a kilometer farther up the road, which had two entrances from the Kashmir Highway and a fancy round about.


The official gave the example of FAST University that also had link roads.


“The Capital Development Authority recently gave access to the Nescom hospital in the neighbourhood through the railway tracks that opened up towards sector I-10 but denied a similar access that opened up into the I sector to connect with IIUI,” the official explained adding how the university spent exorbitant amounts on fuel for the busses just because of missing link and service roads.


The university spent nearly Rs3 million every month on fuel for the 60 buses of them nearly two dozen pick and drop students in the I sector.


Ch Nazir who is president of the IIUI Staff Welfare Association has to cover 70 kilometers on his car every day. “I have to make four to five trips to pick up my children from school, drop them home and return to work besides commuting on official business,” he said.


He pointed out that the matter of link road should have been taken up with the civic authority at the time when the university was being established.


The present alternative route further delayed students not just because of traffic congestions during office hours every morning but also because of the broken roads, complained another student.


“The CDA is responsible for providing all basic necessities. If there is a provision for link and service roads in the site plan, the university could pursue their case,” said an official with the CDA.


But then another official said that the government had already provided land to the university on amenity rates. “CDA is not responsible to provide link roads. The university is supposed to have them constructed out of their own budgets,” the official said.Dawn

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July 4, 2011

IIUI has no proper link, service roads

ISLAMABAD, Every day the students of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) have to cover several extra kilometers to reach their classes because their university has no proper link and service roads.


“Even the H-11 Graveyard in the neighbourhood has dual service lanes,” said an official in the administration of the IIUI explaining how the university even had to build its own road from its budget to connect the front campus gates with the double road passing in front of the graveyard and the police lines.


Ali Ahmed said he had to leave home for the bus stand 15 to 20 minutes earlier. “Leaving home and reaching the gates of the university means going around the entire H-10 sector,” the BBA student at IIUI said.


Talking to Dawn, the official explained how the IIUI had no proper access from the Kashmir Highway unlike the military run National University Science and Technology (NUST) roughly a kilometer farther up the road, which had two entrances from the Kashmir Highway and a fancy round about.


The official gave the example of FAST University that also had link roads.


“The Capital Development Authority recently gave access to the Nescom hospital in the neighbourhood through the railway tracks that opened up towards sector I-10 but denied a similar access that opened up into the I sector to connect with IIUI,” the official explained adding how the university spent exorbitant amounts on fuel for the busses just because of missing link and service roads.


The university spent nearly Rs3 million every month on fuel for the 60 buses of them nearly two dozen pick and drop students in the I sector.


Ch Nazir who is president of the IIUI Staff Welfare Association has to cover 70 kilometers on his car every day. “I have to make four to five trips to pick up my children from school, drop them home and return to work besides commuting on official business,” he said.


He pointed out that the matter of link road should have been taken up with the civic authority at the time when the university was being established.


The present alternative route further delayed students not just because of traffic congestions during office hours every morning but also because of the broken roads, complained another student.


“The CDA is responsible for providing all basic necessities. If there is a provision for link and service roads in the site plan, the university could pursue their case,” said an official with the CDA.


But then another official said that the government had already provided land to the university on amenity rates. “CDA is not responsible to provide link roads. The university is supposed to have them constructed out of their own budgets,” the official said.Dawn

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June 30, 2011

Me & My Mom Expo 2010

Start Time: Friday, July 16, 2010 at 11:00am
End Time: Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 10:00pm
Location: Expo Center Karachi

Me & My Mom Expo, the 1st ever expo organized by “Innovation Gateway Pakistan” in Pakistan focused on the needs, wants & comforts for females & kids.

Me & My Mom Expo is an exciting event that provides our exhibitors an inexpensive way to reach thousands of families.

There is no better place instead of Me & My Mom Expo to promote your product and/or service and meet face-to-face with thousands of customers & consumers. Me & My Mom Expo provides a unique marketing opportunity for consumer or family-oriented businesses.

Me & My Mom Expo includes companies from consumer industries that support our mission and goal, by promoting awareness, educating and providing services to females & kids, with a combination of one stop shopping, displays, workshops and expert advice from pros within the industry. Me & My Mom Expo will provide and inspire families with every possible resource available to them.

It is the truest definition of “THE PERFECT MARKET”.

June 30, 2011

Civil service reforms: Two commissions set up to examine bureaucratic pay, performance

First step in reforms – replacing cars with cash allowances – has been delayed.

ISLAMABAD: 

Even as it delayed the implementation of the first step of its civil service reform efforts, the government has decided to set up two commissions to suggest further reforms: the first will focus on improving government efficiency and the second will suggest ways to rationalise pay structures across the federal bureaucracy.


An official at the Finance Ministry said that the decision to create the two commissions was taken during a recent cabinet meeting that also approved the federal budget for 2012. A formal announcement is expected after Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh returns from a private visit to the United States.


The first commission is expected to review the functions of senior government officials and identify possible redundancies to the government. It will be given six months to complete its task.


In addition, the government will introduce a quarterly monitoring mechanism that will require senior bureaucrats to justify their budgets every three months. While the monitoring mechanism was also introduced last year, it was not conducted on a quarterly basis. A source said that senior civil servants complained bitterly about the new system.


The second commission, meanwhile, will seek reforms in the pay structure of civil servants. It is not the first time the government has examined the issue. During the Musharraf administration, the government created the National Commission for Government Reforms, headed by former State Bank Governor Ishrat Hussain, which also worked on civil service pay.


However, the current government appears to be seeking more than what its predecessors recommended.


“The work done by previous commissions cannot be ignored but at the same time the past reports cannot be implemented,” said Nadeemul Haq, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and the most vocal advocate of civil service reform. Haq said that governance reforms need three to five years to implement.


The move comes despite the fact that the government delayed the implementation of the first step of its civil service reforms agenda: removing the car privileges of senior bureaucrats and replacing it with a cash allowance. The delay is seen as a sign of bureaucratic resistance to reform.


The measure had been scheduled to be implemented by July 1, but has now been delayed. It had been designed to monetise all benefits for senior civil servants in order to save the government billions of rupees on administering those privileges in addition to making civil service jobs more attractive for qualified private sector professionals.


The government had decided to withdraw cars for officers in the three highest grades of the Civil Service of Pakistan and offer them allowances of Rs40,000 to Rs70,000 instead. The move was expected to save the government Rs1.6 billion.


“The Cabinet Committee could not meet due to other pressing engagements and the government would now move a summary to the Cabinet for some more time to implement the decision,” said Finance Ministry spokesman Rana Assad Ameen.


The delay in implementation of the decision does not come as a surprise. It was widely expected that the bureaucracy would offer resistance to any such move, as many federal secretaries entitled to use only one car are using as many as five, according to government auditors.


The Federal Director General Audit in a recent meeting of the parliamentary public accounts committee said that 14,000 of the 18,000 cars in 296 government departments are being misused.


The government spends an average of Rs530,000 per month on every grade 22 officer, an amount that does not include cost of privileges such as land and membership to elite social clubs. The Planning Commission has proposed that the monetisation of perks and privileges would significantly reduce the government’s costs.