The Planning and Development Board, Government of Punjab (an attached department of P&D Department), is the principal planning organization at the provincial level. It coordinates and monitors development programs and activities of various departments of the provincial government. The department also prepares an overall Medium Term Development Framework (MTDF) of developmental activities in the province. The Medium Term Development Framework lays down the developmental activities to be carried out in the province in various sectors of the provincial economy. In this manner, the Planning & Development Board is one of the main actors in the growth of the economic potential of the province.
The mandate of the Planning & Development Board includes provision of technical support and coordination to various Government departments in their planning activities. The department is also the main government agency working with foreign donors in the province.
The main objectives of the department are as follows:
Ever since its establishment, the P&D Department, besides discharging its traditional functions of regulating development funds and development schemes, has played an active developmental role to promote the realization of economic goals in the Province of Punjab. Planning & Development (P&D) Department has its offices in each District of Punjab while its Head office is in Punjab Civil Secretariat, Lahore.
Induction in Planning & Development (P&D) Department as an officer is a very good pavement for a prosperous and progressive career. Direct induction / appointment is made in P&D Department through PPSC against the post of PLANNING OFFICER / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PLANNING) BS-17. Punjab Public Service Commission PPSC has advertised the 46 posts of Planning Officer / Assistant Director (Planning) BS-17.
Here we shall discuss in brief Criteria, Method of recruitment, Job responsibilities and career prospects of the Planning Officer / Assistant Director (Planning) BS-17 in P&D Department.
PLANNING OFFICER / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PLANNING) BS-17.
|Name of the post||PLANNING OFFICER / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PLANNING) BS-17|
|Qualification as per Punjab Planning & Development Department Recruitment Rules, 1985.||i) 1st class Master’s Degree in Economics/Statistics/ Commerce/Economic/ Planning/ Economic Policy/Agriculture Economics/Transportation Economics/Industrial/ Economics/ Development Economics/Business Administration or Public Finance from a recognized university; and
ii) Two years experience of work or research relating to Development Economics/Public
Finance/Banking/International Economics/Statistics or other fields of Economic Planning or Development.
I) Experience in private entities shall be accepted if such entity is registered with Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Registrar of Firms or any other Regulatory Authority.
ii)Experience (Research/Administrative) will be accepted after Prescribed Qualification.
|Method of Recruitment||100 % by initial recruitment.|
|Age Limit||24 to 35+5 years relaxation for Male and 08 years for Female|
|Process by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC)||PPSC will take one paper MCQ type written test of 100 Marks and 90 minutes duration.
Syllabus is as under:-
i) 60% questions from General Knowledge including Islamic Studies/History of Pakistan.
ii) 40% questions from the respective subject given in the qualification criteria.
|Training||Prior to field posting, successful candidates will undergo Training at management & professional development department (MPDD) Lahore.|
|Pay / Salary Package||BS-17 plus allowances admissible to employees of Government of the Punjab.|
|Job Description||· Development Schemes evaluation.
· Processing of PC-I,II, III & IV.
· Assessment of the material and human resources of the province
· Formulation of long and short term plans
· Recommendations concerning prevailing economic conditions, economic policies or measures
· Examination of such economic problems as may be referred to it for advice
· Coordination of all economic activities in the provincial government.
|Career Prospects||Planning Officer / Assistant Director (Planning) BS-17 is promoted as Assistant Chief / District Officer (Planning) BS-18 after 05 years of regular service.
Assistant Chief / District Officer (Planning) BS-18 is eligible for promotion as Chief of Section / Executive District Officer (F&P)/ District Officer (Planning ) (BS-19) upon completion of service length as prescribed by the Government.