Status Determination

Determination of the status of Federal Government offices is one of the functions assigned to Management Services Wing, Establishment Division in the Rules of Business, 1973. After careful study of the issues, MS Wing has evolved the following criteria for determining status of Government Organizations / Offices as attached departments, subordinate offices and autonomous bodies that have been established through resolutions:


Attached Departments

1. Tenders’ advice to the Ministry or Division to which it is attached, on any or all matters falling within its purview.

2. Converts Government's policy decisions into executive orders and communicates them to the lower formations, if any, for implementation.

3. Supervises the working of the lower formations, if any, to ensure that the units at operational levels implement Government's decisions properly;

4. Co-ordinates and ensures uniformity of action in the working of the lower formations, if any;

5. Collects information from the lower formations, and / or operational units, if any, and maintains important data having a bearing on the policies of the Ministry or Division

6. Has a country-wide jurisdiction in its particular field of activity.


Subordinate Offices

1. Look after the administration of a particular subject at a certain locality on behalf of Federal Government (Training Institute of former Ministry of Population)

2. The subordinate office does not work directly or in case consultation with attached departments of the Federal Government.

3. The level of responsibility is lower than the attached departments. Administration & Financial power are not delegated.

4. Jurisdiction is confined to particular locality.


Autonomous Bodies

1. Organizations created to achieve a "distinct special objective / function" requiring functional autonomy e.g. research teaching activities, provision of certain utility services, commercial organizations. etc.

2. Organizations having Governing body (i.e. Board of Governors. Executive body) with adequate authority to run the operations.

3. Organizations requiring substantial 'operational', 'administrative' and 'financial autonomy' to achieve its official mandate.

4. Organizations having clear discretions to adopt their own Recruitment / Service rules.

5. The funding is either self-generated or provided by the Government in the form of grants and aids.