Eradication of corruption top priority of NAB: Chairman

 
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ISLAMABAD, Aug. 13 (TNS): Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said corruption is just like cancer and eradication of it is the top priority of NAB.

In a statement, he said, “NAB officers/Officials are working with the realization that eradication of corruption is their national duty. NAB has adopted a comprehensive and proactive National Anti-Corruption Strategy to meet the challenges to root out corruption from the country by making all the public and private institutions to serve the nation with best of its abilities on merit.

Given details of NAB performance, he said, “NAB during the period of present management almost more than three years have filed 150 corruption references in the respective Accountability Courts and received Rs. 50 billion from corrupt and deposited in the national exchequer which a record achievement shown by the present management of NAB.”

He said that NAB’s operational methodology comprises of complaint verification, inquiry and investigation. NAB has rationalized its workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months – from complaint verification-to- inquiry-to- investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court.

He said that NAB has also introduced a new System of Combine Investigation Team (CIT) in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers. NAB’s officers/officials need to follow strict Code of Conduct/SOPs and merit according to law. Starting from the year 2014 which can be called basically a year of reinvigoration of NAB, we have moved with new zeal and effort. During the tenure of present management of NAB, the overall convection ratio in respective accountability courts is about 76 percent which is excellent as compared to any other anti-corruption agency in Pakistan.

He said that NAB has established its first Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in NAB Rawalpindi which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis. As per the latest report of Transparency International (TI), Pakistan’s ranking in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has improved plus 9 points, adding that Pakistan was considering role model in South Asian countries in its efforts against corruption. This is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB efforts.

Besides Transparency International, the Independent watch dogs like World Economic Forum had also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to curb corruption in Pakistan.

NAB in collaboration with HEC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2014 and in a very short span of time established over 45, 000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) in universities/colleges and schools to create awareness against corruption.

He said that has undertaken a number of strategic initiatives aimed at rejuvenation of the organization. The Organogram was revisited to transform NAB into an efficient and responsive organization. NAB has devised a Quantifiable Grading System (QGS) to monitor the performance of all Regions of NAB on annual basis.

From 2015, under Quantifiable Grading System (QGS) NAB is monitoring the performance of all regional NAB’s and NAB headquarter on annual basis in order to know the strengths and weaknesses of NAB regional Bureaus. NAB has also introduced Mid Term Inspection of NAB HQ and all Regional Bureaus on the basis of feedback received from Annual Inspection.

NAB has introduced Internal Accountability Mechanism (IAM). Till todate out of 84 officers/officials, 23 officers have been imposed major penalty which is removal from service and 34 have been received minor penalties. This is a record that any organization has initiated Accountability Process within its organization at its own.

He said that NAB has developed an effective Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) catering the needs of all concerned having salient features of maintenance of data at each stage including complaint entry, complaint verification, inquiry, investigation, prosecution stage and record preservation of Regional Board Meetings and Executive Board Meetings including case brief, decisions made and list of participants attended the meeting with time & date and setting up of an effective Monitoring and Evaluation System and ability to analyze data in qualitative and quantitative form having warnings and alarms system for violators. The results of MES system are very encouraging which will help in further improving the performance of NAB.