Sluggishness Of Govt Officials
LACK of coordination and lethargic attitude of officials in the government departments are some of the major challenges which, unfortunately, every government has to face.
All this not only embarrasses the government, especially when foreign donors are involved, but also leads stakeholders to suffer. One such example of this sluggish attitude is the much-delayed distribution of training equipment provided by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta). The equipment along with other accessories was to be distributed among the stakeholders.
The equipment was provided to Tevta in 2007 but interestingly was distributed among the stakeholders recently after Saeed Ahmad Alvi assumed the charge of the Tevta chairman and took notice of the important pending job. According to the details, UNIDO provided 290 sets of training equipment for recovery of refrigerant gases to protect environment and economic refrigerant gas use in 2007.
All this was provided for strengthening efforts for the implementation of Montreal Protocol at Tevta institutions through refrigerant technicians such as importers, manufacturers of refrigerant equipment and local market technicians.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer is an international agreement designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. The objective of the equipment provided to Tevta was to enhance training and servicing facilities at the authority’s institutions. A senior official of Tevta said that to resolve the long pending issue for distribution of UNIDO training equipment to private selected workshops, since November 2007, the present Tevta management completed this assignment recently. He said it was unfortunate that the equipment provided by the donor agency had been lying useless for many years, adding that it had also been revealed that the officials were even unaware of the functioning of the equipment. He said a meeting was convened with the Tevta staff concerned and representative of UNIDO in Pakistan for smooth distribution of the training equipment. The Tevta official further said UNIDO equipment was categorised into two sets, one with recovery unit and vacuum pump along with other tools and equipment whereas the other was having vacuum pump along with allied tools and equipment. He said it was distributed to the workshops through Tevta institutions in Lahore, Sahiwal, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan, Jhelum and Rahimyar Khan.
He said the equipment was distributed amongst the selected workshops with undertaking to use it for recovery of refrigerant gases commercially and for protecting the environment from the hazardous effect of unsafe exposure of refrigerant gases.