ISLAMABAD     -    The Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has recommended the Establishment Division to extend the number of attempts for appearing in Section Officers Promotional Examination from three to five. Meeting of the committee was held here at Parliament House with Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad in chair. The Senate body was apprised by the Establishment Division with respect to requirements and syllabus for Section Officers Promotional Examination. Senator Muhammad, mover of the matter, remarked that number of attempts for appearing in exams shall be extended because the applicants are government servants and it is evidently difficult for them to prepare for exams with their jobs. Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah opined that the subject ‘USA History’ has no relevance with contemporary Pakistan political history and scenario and it shall not be included in the syllabus. However, Rana Maqbool Ahmad suggested that the subject related to behavioural practice of senior and junior officers shall be made part of the course. The chair with assent of the majority of members recommended the Establishment Division to extend the number of attempts for appearing in Section Officers Promotional Examination from three to five. However, Senator Saadia Abbasi expressed dissent on it. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah informed the committee that the women, civic bodies and retired parliamentarians have no representation in the Board of FPSC and there is a dire need to review the Federal Services Act. Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad asked the former to submit recommendations before the committee in this regard. Furthermore, the committee discussed matter regarding the regularisation of daily wages to staff of National Institute of Management (NIM). DG NIM told the committee that 132 employees have qualified the basic requirements and consequently their services have been regularised. The chair advised that services of all employees except those accused of gross misconduct shall be regularised. In addition, the Senate body decided to conduct an exclusive session to review and discuss the report titled ‘Institutional Reforms in Federal Government 2018 to 2021’ by Dr Ishrat Hussain. The meeting was attended by Senator Saifullah Sarwar Khan Nyazee, Senator Khalida Ateeb, Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Syed Maula Bux Chandio, Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Senator Engr Rukhsana Zuberi, Senator Saadia Abbasi, Senator Muhammad Akram, Secretary Establishment Division Inam Ullah Dharejo, Secretary FPSC Syed Hasnain Mehdi, DG National Institute of Management Dr Tariq and other concerned officers were also in attendance.