Islamabad: Officers and employees working of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) have protested against adhocism and indifference against the country’s premium organization responsible for promoting soft image of Pakistan.
Wearing black bands around their shoulders, the employees and officers gathered at the National Art Gallery premises to demand an end to ad hoc appointments and arrangements that are damaging the institution and its proper working.
Demanding appointment of regular-professional DG/CEO and other senior officials, the PNCA employees urged the government to stop appointing temporary DGs/CEOs with additional charge, who have failed to deliver and as a result the institution is suffering for last many years because of ad hoc arrangement.
According to a senior official of PNCA the organisation is suffering because of ownership issues. The ad hoc appointments are the greatest obstacle as temporarily appointed CEOs/DGs are not willing to own the institution. As a result, the decay in programming, administrative and other relevant matters is imperative. Due to this reason, the staff is also facing insecurity, challenges, lack of initiative and willingness to produce quality result, the PNCA official said.
The employees of PNCA were also demanding revival of the status of PNCA’s autonomy as it was created under an Act of Parliament as an autonomous body in 1973. The board of governors being controlling body of PNCA affairs may also be constituted on priority basis to resolve all issues pending in its absence. The last board meeting was held in 2013. Since then, the board remains non-functional, said the employees.
According to the employees, issues relating to pension and gratuity of PNCA staff; promotion matters; budgetary issues; programming; enhancement of PNCA’s image internationally to fight anti-Pakistan propaganda; and approval of restructuring of PNCA posts need immediate attention of the concerned authorities.
Sep 28, 2016 0
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