Cabinet Division rebuts Fawad Chaudhry’s claim of disbanding 400 state entities

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The Cabinet Division has distanced itself from Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry’s claim of government’s intention to disband 400 government departments.

Dunya TV quoted a Division’s source as saying only Five departments – Evacuee Trust Property Board, National Talent Pool, National Council of Social Welfare, National Construction Company and J&K Estate Property – are being considered to be shut down owing to their poor performance.

According to sources, 45 departments will be handed over to Sarmaya-e-Pakistan – a holding company, 43 will be merged and 12 will be privatized.

It is being considered to privatize 219 departments, to turn 82 into executive departments, and to hand over 19 departments to provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad.

The federal government has formed an 11-member committee in this regard.

Speaking at an event on Wednesday, Fawad Chaudhry said that public should not look towards the government for jobs as it is going to disband 400 departments.

“It is very imperative to get people to realize that the government cannot provide jobs. If we start looking towards the government for jobs then the framework of our economy will collapse.

“It was the mentality of the 1970s that governments would provide jobs — now the private sector provides jobs.”