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16 August, 2018 12:46:27 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 August, 2018 11:14:08 AM
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Civil admin to come under 11 clusters

DEEPAK ACHARJEE
Civil admin to come under 11 clusters

The government is going to divide the civil administration into 11 clusters, based on a ‘Career Planning Policy’, to help implement ‘Vision 2041’. As part of reforming the civil administration, the government is going to prepare the ‘Career Planning Policy’ for officials in the rank of deputy secretary and above to develop a skilled civil administration.

The Public Administration Ministry has prepared a draft policy. A high-power committee, headed by the secretary of the Secondary and Higher Education Division, has also been formed to prepare a comprehensive policy. The comprehensive policy would be placed at a meeting of the secretary committee soon.

The 11 clusters are: Special Cluster or Public Policy and Administrative Affairs; Infrastructure Development Affairs; Finance and Economic Relations and Planning Affairs; Law, Parliament and Justice Affairs; National and Internal Security and Foreign Affairs; Information Technology and Science and Communications Affairs; Agriculture and Environment Affairs; Power and Natural Resources Affairs; Industries, Labour and Commerce Affairs; Education and Health Affairs and Public Welfare Affairs Cluster.

Under the Special Cluster or Public Policy and Administrative Affairs, the President’s Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Division, Public Administration Ministry and the Bangladesh Public Service Commission would be included.

The ministries of LGRD, public works, road transport and bridges, and railways will be under the Infrastructure Development Affairs Cluster.

The Finance Division, Economic Relations Division, Internal Resource Division, Financial Institutions Division, Planning Division, Statistics and Informatics Division, Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division will fall under the cluster of Finance and Economic Relations and Planning Affairs.

The Law and Justice Division, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division and the National Parliament Secretariat will be under the cluster of Law, Parliament and Justice Affairs.

Under the cluster of National and Internal Security and Foreign Affairs, the ministries of defence, foreign affairs, home affairs, and expatriates' welfare and overseas employment would be included.

The science and information and communication technology ministry, information ministry, ICT Division, posts, telecommunications and information technology ministry, shipping ministry, civil aviation and tourism ministry will be under the cluster of Information Technology and Science and Communications.

The agriculture ministry, environment, forest and climate change ministry, land ministry, water resources ministry and the fisheries and livestock ministry will fall under the Agriculture and Environment Affairs cluster.

The Power and Natural Resources Affairs cluster will monitor the Power Division and the Energy and Mineral Resources Division.

The commerce ministry, textile and jute ministry, industries ministry and the labour and employment ministry will be under the cluster of Labour and Commerce Affairs.

The Secondary and Higher Education Division, Technical and Madrasa Education Division, Health Services Division and the Health Education and Family Welfare Division would be under the Education and Health Affairs cluster.

Under the Public Welfare Affairs cluster, the ministries of women and children Affairs, religion affairs, social welfare, sports and youth, Liberation War, disaster management and the relief ministry would be included.

The draft "Career Planning Policy" says no official can be promoted to a higher post if he/she fails to attain the required qualification and efficiency for the rank concerned.

“After completing 20 years of service as senior assistant secretary and deputy secretary, he or she will be eligible to seek self-retirement from the job. After assessing the application, the authorities concerned will be able to give retirement to the official with a promotion to a higher post,” according to the draft policy.

The draft policy says officials would be posted on the basis of their merit, efficiency and results of training and academic qualification.

“The senior officials -- secretaries, who have three years' experience in field administration would be eligible to be posted as Cabinet secretary and principal secretary,” the draft policy says.

“More women officials would be posted in different government offices as chief to ensure gender equity in the respective offices,” it adds.

The secretary of the public administration ministry, Faiz Ahmed, told The Independent that they are preparing the "Career Planning Policy" for senior bureaucrats to develop a transparent, efficient and skilled administration that would be able to meet the demands of the 21st century.

“We want to build a people-oriented civil administration for providing better service to the masses. As per the draft policy, steps will be taken so that talented youths take up government jobs. We will give training to officials of all tiers, including deputy secretary, joint secretary, additional secretary and secretary,” he said.

There are 54 ministries and divisions, excluding the Prime Minister's Office and the President’s Secretariat. A total of 6,448 officials, including 78 secretaries, 482 additional secretaries, 782 joint secretaries and 1,762 deputy secretaries are working in the ministries and divisions.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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