Obstructive red tape: Another minister speaks up against bureaucracy

ISLAMABAD: Following in the footsteps of two other federal ministers, Minister for Human Rights Senator Kamran Michael has also complained against ‘the non-cooperative attitude’ of bureaucracy and sought meeting with the Prime Minister to convey his grievances.

Michael is the third federal minister during the last one month who has accused bureaucracy of being a stumbling block in delivery of services. Before him, Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Pirzada and Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi had expressed unhappiness with the bureaucracy.

“Ever since I have taken over the portfolio of this ministry, I have faced a number of hindrances with regard to compliance with my directions in official matters,” Michael has said in a letter available with The Express Tribune.

Through the May 10 letter addressed to his secretary Rabia Javeri Agha, Michael laments about “a number of activities arranged without my knowledge” besides warning that “such situation in the office will affect the overall working spirit of the ministry.”

The minister has also sought updated compliance status of five important activities of the secretary and his staff. He complained that despite clear directions, the ministry did not arrange his meeting with the European Union’s (EU) delegation in April 2017.

Through the May 10 letter addressed to his secretary Rabia Javeri Agha, Michael laments about “a number of activities arranged without my knowledge” besides warning that “such situation in the office will affect the overall working spirit of the ministry.”

The minister has also sought updated compliance status of five important activities of the secretary and his staff. He complained that despite clear directions, the ministry did not arrange his meeting with the European Union’s (EU) delegation in April 2017.

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