ISLAMABAD, June 12 (TNS): Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday said that NAB is determined to make Pakistan corruption free.
He expressed these views while chairing the Director Generals Conference of NAB in Islamabad. The conference thoroughly deliberated the performance of all Regional Bureaus and NAB Headquarter including operation, prosecution and Awareness and Prevention Divisions of the NAB and reviewed measures taken by the present management of NAB in order to further improve the performance and efficiency of NAB.
While addressing the concluding session of the conference Chairman NAB said, “NAB was established to eradicate corruption and looted money from corrupt. NAB had chalked out a very comprehensive operational methodology for proceeding of cases complaint verification, inquiry and investigation. NAB’s investigation officers strictly follow Code of Conduct and zero tolerance policy on the basis of evidence as per law.”
“The year 2014 can be called basically a year of re-invigoration of NAB. To close the possibility of any single NAB officer/official influencing the discharge of official business, the concept of a Combined Investigation Team (CIT) was introduced where two investigation officers and a legal consultant are working as a team for a fair, transparent and unbiased, inquiry/ investigation,” he said.
He said, “Prosecution was also given targets and as a result of endeavors, the accountability court conviction ratio is now 76 percent. NAB has recovered Rs. 287 billion since its inception from corrupt and deposited in the national exchequer. NAB has received 3, 43,356 complaints which were all disposed off according to law.”
“NAB has authorized 11, 581 complaint verifications, 7587 inquiries, 3846 investigations and filed 2808 corruption references in the respective Accountability Courts to proceed against allegedly corrupt people since its inception. In a short span of 3 years during the tenure of present management of NAB, NAB performance remained excellent which is better than any investigation agency and we recovered Rs. 45 billion which a record achievement,” he said.
He said, “NAB besides Enforcement based approach; special focus is being given to Awareness and Prevention activities to educate the people at large about ill effects of corruption. The feed back received about NAB’s anti-corruption strategy of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement is very encouraging. The Anti-corruption strategy of NAB proved very successful.”
He said, “NAB with improved infrastructure and rationalized workload, timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of case putting a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to investigation and finally to a reference in Accountability Court.”
He said, “Youth is the future of Pakistan; therefore NAB will continue its policy to give special emphases on involving youth in order to aware them about the ill effects of corruption from an early age so that they may hate corruption in all its forms in future.”
The Chairman further said, “NAB in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) has established more than 45 thousands Character Building Societies (CBS) in all the leading Universities and Colleges across the country to build an effective edifice against corruption which will be increased upto 50 thousands during 2017. NAB has established state of the art Forensic Science LAB in Islamabad which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis.”
During the conference, it was decided to establish a state of the art Anti-Corruption Training Academy on the pattern of National Anti-Corruption Academy of Malaysia to enhance the abilities of the officers/Officials working in NAB.
While discussing the matter, Chairman NAB said, Training is a continuous and systematic process for any organization seeking to create and maintain an efficient workforce capable of delivering the assigned tasks. Top priority be given to NAB employees on professional line as per international standards.”
The Chairman directed concerned Division to expedite the work on this project. Conference also decided to conduct refresher courses for prosecutors and Investigation Officers for the purpose of capacity building as per approved capacity building training plan 2017.
During the conference, NAB’s Regional Bureau’s performance conducted by CI&MT which was evaluated at a given criteria under Partly Quantified Grading System, PQGS (Operational Efficiency Index) was deliberated in order to review and further improve the performance of officers/officials of NAB as with better quantitative and qualitative improvements in Operational Efficiency Index, rationalized workload, clearly drawn job descriptions and institutional support and supervision.
During the conference, Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) which was developed on the directions of Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB 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 was discussed and decided that Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System will be implemented forthwith with the ability to analyze data in qualitative and quantitative form having warnings and alarms system for violators.
Chairman NAB, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry appreciated the devoted efforts of all concerned and directed all officers/officials to double their efforts in eradication of corruption and to recover looted money from corrupt as NAB is determined to make Pakistan corruption free.