ISLAMABAD: The government has approved the bifurcation of a 3 per cent and 1 per cent job quota for erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), respectively in the federal services in accordance with the proportionate population figures of the 2017 census.
The federal cabinet, in a meeting on January 2020, considered a report on the matter and decided that the bifurcated share of ex-FATA may not be merged into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the residents of the former will not avail the quota for the latter for the next ten years in conjunction with the development plan. However, residents of ex-FATA and GB shall continue to avail the quota in the provincial services of KP.
According to the 2017 census, the population of ex-FATA was 5,001,667 (77 per cent) and the population of GB was 1,492,924 (23 per cent). Later, on April 23, 2019, the federal cabinet formed under the chairmanship of adviser to prime minister on establishment and comprising secretary Establishment Division, secretary law and justice, secretary Kashmir and GB affairs and representatives of the governments of KP and GB to examine the issue of bifurcation of job quota and to make recommendations to the cabinet.
Subsequently, the committee prepared a report and the Establishment Division moved the proposal for the bifurcation of the 4 per cent quota before the federal cabinet for approval.
“The bifurcated share of FATA may not be merged into KP and be observed independently for the next 10 years in conjunction with the 10-year development plan devised to bring the erstwhile FATA at par with the KP socially and economically,” the proposal read.
The Establishment Division further proposed that another option could be that FATA and GB may be allocated their respective share in 4 per cent combined quota in accordance with the population census of 1972 which was 3.42 and 0.58 respectively.