Updated at 6.43pm: Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang on Wednesday was not impressed with a government proposal to create a new layer of politically-appointed deputy ministers. Mrs Chan doubted whether the appointees ? who would serve as deputy ministers or assistant ministers to policy bureaus ? would be accountable to the public or the chief executive who appointed them. ?I cannot see how the proposals in the consultation document move us in the direction of a more responsive and accountable government that I believe we should be aiming for,? she said during a luncheon on Wednesday afternoon. ?All they really do, it seems to me, is to consolidate power in the hands of the chief executive at the possible expense of accountability to the public and the elected legislature which we have worked so hard to achieve,? Mrs Chan said. The government is proposing to recruit a deputy minister and an assistant minister to each of the 11 policy bureaus to conduct political lobbying work, at a cost of HK$62 million a year. It sees the move as a way of grooming political talent. The former chief secretary said these politically appointed positions would sap the civil service?s morale. Mrs Chan last week revealed her decision not to run in the Chief Executive election next year. But she has established a core group to push for democratic reform. After Wednesday?s luncheon, Mrs Chan said she found it ?meaningless? to campaign to be the next chief executive and would rather work on ways to push for universal suffrage. ?Now I choose to devote all my attention to the core group because I think, under the current environment and conditions, taking part in the election is meaningless to me.? ?So why not be practical and take a pragmatic approach to advance democracy through small group discussions with different sectors?? Mrs Chan said.