The initial days of incumbent government have met a lot of criticism as it failed to deliver in a lot of spheres that were previously promised to the public. However, there are certain significant steps taken that are worth praising and appreciating.
From having a responsive Social Media cell to engage the citizens in the government process to engaging the overseas diaspora and giving them a chance to participate in state affairs and positively influence them – A few unconventional steps must not go unnoticed.
Putting aside all the negatives, here are a few positive steps taken that might indicate that there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
RESPONSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA
Abuse of vulnerable citizens will not be tolerated. Was forwarded a case of abuse of a differently-abled Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib. FIR has been registered and the SHO informed us they have arrested two persons in the case. pic.twitter.com/NgErGDGpk8
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) October 28, 2018
The government has given power and voice to a common man, letting him influence with the power of Social Media. We have seen that in a number of cases where concerns were raised on the internet by the public and not only were they heard, but they were effectively resolved as well.
Another significant achievement, rather we should say an unconventional step was the establishment of online portal ”Naya Pakistan Calling”. The portal had the intention of engaging the overseas Pakistanis in the development and improvement process. They have been given a chance to be involved in strategic decision making, by placing them as members of boards, authorities, commissions etc.
PENSIONER ISSUES – EOBI
The EOBI minimum pension, that stood at 3600 rps was increased to 5250 rps in April 2015. However, due to the current inflation rate, the Board of Trustees of EOBI have recommended an increase of 10% in pensions. 20% increase in EOBI pensions during one year is a noteworthy achievement of the government in its initial hundred days.
NICOP (NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD FOR OVERSEAS PAKSITANI)
NICOP was hindering the process of emigration as it raised transparency and efficiency concerns. The choked condition of the department hindered the smooth process and was hence removed to provide maximum facilitation and reduce the cost of emigration. This was particularly done to facilitate the Pakistan labourers that have to go abroad in search of a better life as NICOP added an extra expense. Now, you only need a Pakistani passport and work permit.
Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development launched an online complaint centre Call Sarzameen and an e-governance web portal. It works round the clock to resolve the issues relating to overseas Pakistanis like legal and financial disputes, visa and emigration issues, criminal cases, family disputes, NADRA registration issues, remittances issues and employment issues.
“The ministry of overseas Pakistanis is the first [ministry] that has opted for e-governance.” – said Zulfi Bukhari, Special Assistant to PM on overseas Pakistanis.
Remittances collected in 2018 stood at $19.622 billion as compared to 2017’s figure $19.351 billion – highest ever collected in history.
OP & HRD WEBSITE REVAMP
To give a more smooth and user-friendly experience, the website was revamped. Giving a more favourable experience like Twitter and News, the new interface is easy to use and understand for an ordinary user.
OPF (Overseas Pakistanis Foundation)
PARTICIPATION FROM OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS
— raja fayyaz affindi (@raja_affindi) November 25, 2018
Ever since the incumbent government took the role, overseas Pakistanis’ participation has increased. They have donated generously towards CJP dam fund – which reflects their improved trust in the new government.
RELEASE OF PRISONS FROM UAE
Rights of Pakistani prisoners caught up in the choked justice system, especially in the Middle-East, has been quite a point of concern. While the representatives of other countries go visit and provide facilities to aid their people, Pakistanis complaint that the Pakistani governments have maintained their deaf ear towards them.
While under the new government, Pakistan and UAE have agreed to work on a mechanism to release those detained in UAE. This is a commendable progress and shows the government’s seriousness towards the issue.
ESTABLISHMENT OF FAST TRACK COURTS FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS
To further facilitate the overseas Pakistanis, fast-track courts have been established in coordination with the Ministry of Law. It will work to tackle the existing backlog of cases for over-seas Paksitanis and provide them with speedy judgements. It will further work to ease the process of investing for our overseas diaspora.
EOBI, WWF: Resolution Of Post 18th Amendment Devolution Issues
Significant efforts have been made by the new government to resolve post-devolution issues of Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) and Workers Welfare Fund (WWF). It was discussed to emphasize on rights of workers under WWF Act, 1971 and EOB Act, 1976.
NATIONAL DATABASE OF TRAINED WORKFORCE FOR EMPLOYMENT ABROAD
In order to evaluate and better assess the available manpower, Overseas Employment Corporation carried an in-depth analysis. A portal was established that will bridge the gap between foreign employers and manpower. OEP carried out analysis of seven countries and shared information with all relevant stakeholders.
The new government announced to move towards contractionary policy and has anticipated to save 3.66 million out of the sanctioned budget of Rs. 267 million.
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