Govt is committed to introduce reforms in public sector : Khusro Bakhtyar

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APP01-24 ISLAMABAD: October 24 - Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar meeting with Country Director UNDP delegation. APP photo by Saleem Rana

ISLAMABAD, Oct 24 (APP):Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar Wednesday
said that the present Government was committed to introduce reforms in public sector to make it more productive and efficient.
He underlined that the Government’s primary focus was on socio-economic and human resource development to bridge disparities among districts of the country for sustained collective national development.
The Federal Minister was talking to Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ignacio Artaza, who along-with a delegation called on him here. Secretary Zafar Hasan and senior officials of the Ministry were also present, said a press release.
The Minister emphasized that improving governance and Human Development Index (HDI) are
the main agenda of the incumbent Government. He noted with concern that Pakistan’s ranking in terms
of HDI has gone down during the previous years and expressed optimism that it would improve with introduction of reforms and focusing on human resource development.
While talking about URAAN project, the Minister stressed that the study should focus on
improving governance. ‘We need to focus on governance reforms and URAAN project should be
tailored accordingly’, stated the Minister.
The Minister said that Prime Minister has constituted Task Force on Civil Service Reforms to
be headed by Dr. Ishrat Hussain for introducing reforms and restructuring the public sector for
efficient performance and output.
He further said that the Government’s socio-economic agenda is aligned with SDGs adding
that efforts are underway to frame a comprehensive strategy to achieve all the targets.
The Minister appreciated UNDP for being at the forefront of human resource development,
capacity building and providing technical expertise in various sectors.
He welcomed UNDP’s assistance in different projects and hoped that existing collaboration
will further grow with the passage of time.