STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has recently created four new federal ministries to absorb the leftover departments at the federal level after the devolution of 18 federal ministries to the provinces under the 18th amendment.
This is in addition to the three ministries created in July this year, bringing the total to seven. These new ministries included Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, Ministry of Disaster Management, Ministry of National Regulations and Services and Ministry of Food Security and Research.
According to the notification, in order to ensure clarity in roles and integrated service delivery and efficiency in administering the federal administrative function after the implementation of the 18th amendment, restructuring has been done and four new administrative units (ministries) have been created in terms of rule 3(2) of the Rules of Business, 1973.
The departments that come under the Ministry of National Food Security and Research Division include economic coordination and planning in respect of food, import and export of food grains and food stuff including imports and exports of food grains, coordination with aid/assistance agencies in respect of food sector, PARC and other federal agriculture research organisations, plant protection-pesticides import and standardisation, aerial spray and plant quarantine.
The restructuring has been made in line with the principles of good governance as this arrangement would bring cohesion, enhance efficiency and improve service delivery in administering federal subjects which were already assigned to different federal ministries.