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New ‘medical regime’ for civil servants on the table

New ‘medical regime’ for civil servants on the table

LAHORE: Anti-stress measures and periodic medical checkups are being planned for civil servants in Punjab to avoid posting of the ill at demanding posts, and allow them to undergo proper treatment.

The measures are being planned in view of the absence of the nine-to-five office timings of senior bureaucrats and expectation from them to deliver as leaders of the administrative machinery.

They are to work even on two weekly holidays to meet emergencies and keep their smart phones connected to remain in touch with the administration being fast put on information technology.

According to official sources, one major step is to have restored the 15-day annual Rest and Recreation Leave for all officials, allowing them to pay attention to themselves. This leave was provided in the Leave Rules for non-vacation departments but was disallowed in 1982.

Another effort is to establish a stress clinic in Lahore’s Shaikh Zayed Hospital which is going to have dedicated resource for all necessary medical tests of senior officials, also counseling them how to fight stress.

During these weeks the officials will be required to undergo all medical tests and know if they have any ailment. This will also help the government to keep the ailing officials away from the demanding posts.

It has been decided to actively pursue a summary sent to the chief minister many weeks ago to allow the replication of the police Shuhada Package for the civil administration.

Right now, the heirs of the civil officials who die in service get nothing.

“There is a need to take care of the human resource to properly serve the people. There is also a need to understand that the officials are required to listen to their bodies to keep fit for achieving the high targets,” an official remarked.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2017

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