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Privatisation in Pakistan-1

Privatisation in Pakistan-1

Privatisation in Pakistan-1 Pakistan is soon starting what may be called her fourth generation of privatisation. The first round, which  started in 1950s and peaked in 1960s, was meant to strengthen a nascent private sector which was  reluctant to invest in industry  either due to paucity of requisite resources at its disposal or  high risks…

Privatization in Pakistan-2

Privatization in Pakistan-2

Given the above, the government should go for the soft option, first disinvesting the remaining shares of the units already privatised ,particularly the banks, followed by the other milking units like Pakistan Petroleum Ltd(PPL),Oil and Gas Development Corporation(OGDC)etc through the stock exchanges to create big hype  about the process and its benefits for the general…

Ten Principles of Credit Cards

Ten Principles of Credit Cards

To get a credit card or not is a very crucial question in one’s life. Anyone without a credit card I a non-entity if you need to live honorably and comfortably. However credit card is a double edged weapon also; if you do get a credit card but do not use it prudently, you lose…

Agrarian or Land Reforms

Agrarian or Land Reforms

Land reforms and imposition of tax on income derived from agriculture, which is presently exempt in majority of the countries like Pakistan, are two issues which attract a lot of attention in the print media particularly at the time of budget formulation. Eminent scholars and heads of advocacy groups are very vocal about the need…

Privatising Pakistan Railways

Privatising Pakistan Railways

Pakistan Railways is one of the most discussed, always in negative terms, State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) for incurring recurring annual losses running into billions of rupees and across the board dissatisfaction among the stakeholders regarding its operational efficiency and alleged widespread corruption. This is really unfortunate. Pakistan Railways has been playing a very crucial role…

Public Policy Formulation and Analysis – 2

Public Policy Formulation and Analysis – 2

A public servant should be not only well versed with the procedure for policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation but also be aware of the features of a effective policy. Accordingly you must weigh a policy document in the light of the following criteria; Legal/Constitutional Validity Internal Consistency External Consistency Technical Feasibility Resources Availability Financial Viability…

Public Policy Formulation and Analysis-3

Public Policy Formulation and Analysis-3

Looking at the history of policy formulation in the country one can highlight the following salient features of the policies made and/or in operation; Mixed Bag Procedural mismatch Institutional overstepping Structural flaws Evaluation failure Personality imprints Global influences Implementation inadequacies  Mixed Bag Pakistan can boast of some very good policies formulated and executed during its…

Public Policy Formulation and Analysis-1

Public Policy Formulation and Analysis-1

Introduction World Bank defines the governance as the traditions and institutions by which authority in a country is executed, including the process by which governments are selected, monitored and replaced. Quality of governance in a country is judged by its capacity to effectively formulate and implement sound socioeconomic policies. Although policy formulation is the exclusive…

Food Security Policy of Pakistan

Food Security Policy of Pakistan

Basic objective of any country all over the world and throughout the history has been to improve the quality of life of its citizens, a comprehensive concepthavingsocial, economic and political dimensions. In its economic dimension it entails convenient availability of quality economic goods and services at affordable prices to all segments of society i.e. food,…

Agrarian, Not Land Reforms

Agrarian, Not Land Reforms

Land reforms and imposition of tax on income derived from agriculture, which is presently exempt in majority of the countries like Pakistan, are two issues which attract a lot of attention in the print media particularly at the time of budget formulation. On 26th April, an eminent scholar and head of an advocacy group wrote…