Published:  02:21 AM, 11 January 2019

Ministers can handpick APS

New ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers will still be able to handpick their assistant private secretaries (APS) from those who have qualifications to apply for the first class government service.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain came up with the comment a day after the government has appointed private secretaries to the new ministers. "But the new ministers will need to ensure that the individuals they want as APS have enough qualifications to apply for posts equivalent to first-class civil servants," he said yesterday. In a break

from tradition, the public administration ministry on Wednesday selected officials for appointment as private secretaries in line with a directive from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"Government ministers, who had enjoyed the privilege of choosing their private secretaries, can still have their preferred candidates appointed as APS," said the state minister. 

Forty-five officials holding the rank of deputy secretary and one official with the rank of assistant secretary were appointed as private secretaries to the new ministers.

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