ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani lifted ban on recruitment in the government services and at the same time had dissolved the Task Force on Employment to ensure merit and transparency in the whole exercise. "All the government departments are to perform their role regarding recruitment and hiring as per their existing delegated legal powers and authority through open advertisement and fair competition," says a statement issued by the PM House on Tuesday. The Prime Minister said that to ensure good governance and to make the whole process of recruitment transparent the Task Force on Employment, constituted by the Pakistan People's Party, was also dissolved and all the departments and institutions under the government were directed to follow the normal practice for hiring and recruitment as per the prescribed procedures, rules and policy. "This decision has been taken to ensure effective monitoring and supervision by the Ministries and to make the Ministers more effective and responsible," it was further stated in the statement. The reason to dissolve the Task Force on Employment was aimed at avoiding corruption and nepotism while ensuring merit and transparency to guarantee good governance across the board. "All the government departments are to perform their role regarding recruitments and hiring as per their existing delegated legal powers and authority through open advertisement and fair competition," it further said. The decision to disband the task force comes in the wake of numerous complaints and reports in the media about the gross violation of recruitment policies and laid down procedures, an official in the PM Secretariat informed. It is pertinent to mention here that the Task Force on Employment was formed by the Pakistan People's Party government for overseeing and coordinating the recruitment in various ministries, attached department, autonomous and semi autonomous bodies of the government but instead of doing some good the task force allegedly indulged in nepotism and favouritism and it came under scathing criticism from all quarters. The sources in the PPP disclosed to TheNation that the decision was taken on the behest of President of Pakistan after a long and detailed deliberations on it with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and other senior party leaders, who were all in favour of disbanding the task force. The political observers were according great significance to the move as the Task Force on Employment was the brainchild of the President Asif Ali Zardari and his key confederates were running the task force. Its disbanding on charges of nepotism and favouritism by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was meaningful, they opined. The disbanding would ensure effective monitoring and supervision by the Ministries making them more effective and responsible. The decision will also counter corruption and nepotism, ensure merit, transparency and good governance across the board, the statement said.