PESHAWAR: The employees of the erstwhile Fata Tribunal, who were supposed to be adjusted in other departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the merger, have not been adjusted yet and their fate hangs in balance.
Like the dissolution of the erstwhile Fata Secretariat, the Fata Tribunal was also dissolved after the merger of erstwhile Fata with KP. The Fata Tribunal had around 45 employees and most of these employees were ranked between BPS-1 to BPS-16. These employees come under the Home and Tribal Affairs Department.
Soon after the merger, the employees of Fata Secretariat were adjusted in other provincial government departments, but the Fata Tribunal employees are still waiting for their turn and this uncertainty has left them and their families highly perturbed. These employees say they have no idea why they are being subjected to mental torment and why the process of their adjustment is taking too long.
After the Fata Tribunal’s dissolution, the court decided the matter of its employees and ordered the provincial government to adjust them in other provincial departments. After the court verdict, a high-level meeting took place in February and made decisions on adjustment of such employees. The meeting was chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Shakil Qadir and attended by the secretaries of various departments which took decision that the staff of the Fata Tribunal would be adjusted in the district administration of KP in accordance with the respective all the domiciles of the employees.
As Fata Tribunal employees come under the Home and Tribal Affairs Department, it has to decide about handing over them to the district administrations according to their domiciles. However, the Home Department has taken too long for taking a decision in this respect and the affected employees are still waiting to hear about their fate.
After merger of erstwhile Fata with KP, all the departments meant for merged tribal districts were integrated into provincial departments and the scope of some provincial departments was extended to merged districts. The employees of dissolved departments were promised at that time that they will soon be adjusted in other departments, but it didn’t happen in the case of Fata Tribunal employees.