Islamabad, February 01, 2016 (PPI-OT): Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB has said that the recent report of Transparency International for the year 2015 rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117 which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB’s efforts. This was stated by Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB during a meeting to review overall progress of NAB at NAB Headquarters.
He said that NAB is a specialized agency doing a specialized job, a special duty to the nation to eradicate corruption from the country. He said we have to redouble our efforts to come up to the expectations associated with NAB but I must bring on record the hard work and commitment shown by all ranks of NAB officers/officials towards their national duty particularly in the last two years.
He said NAB has prosecuted corrupts and has recovered looted public money since its inception, i.e. Rs. 265.977 billion, which is a great achievement. The allocation to NAB for its working since creation is
Rs. 10.111 billion, which is only 3.7% of recoveries made by NAB. In the year 2015, NAB has recovered Rs. 4.5 billion of the looted money. It was only due to untiring efforts and systematic and gradual improvements that NAB has been brought back on the rails by the present management of NAB.
He said the increase in applications to NAB is reflective of people’s confidence in our work. The litmus test of the efficiency and effectiveness of NAB’s efforts lies in the number of cases processed. He said that NAB has been rejuvenated/reinvigorated. In terms of inquiries, NAB has received 3,00,009 complaints since its inception. NAB authorized 6662 and 3391 investigations. As regards, the corruption references filed in respective Accountability Courts, NAB has filed 2451 corruption references since its inception. The conviction rate of NAB is approximately 70 percent.
He said youth is our future, NAB has decided to involve and sensitize youth thorough its holistic and innovative proactive approach of Awareness and Prevention. He said NAB in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Over 10,000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) have been established by NAB in universities and colleges to create awareness against corruption as youths are considered a vanguard in this fight. He said that NAB has organized lectures, workshops, seminars, essay writing competitions, declamation contests, poster/painting competitions in educational institutions and organized awareness campaign throughout the country.
He said in order to identify loopholes, suggest ways and means to plug loopholes and measures for improvement/strengthening regulatory mechanism of Federal and Provincial Governments for transparency, meritocracy, fair play and compliance of relevant laws/rules, NAB has constituted prevention committees on Capital Development Authority, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Agriculture and National Food security, National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Prevention Committee on FBR, Prevention Committee on PID and Prevention Committees constituted in Provinces relating to Health, Education, Revenue and Housing, Cooperatives etc.
He said that the present leadership of NAB has taken a number of measures aimed at correcting the structural deficiencies, improving efficiency and create an enabling environment to achieve the objectives of NAO which are organogram was revisited and revised to meet present day needs, transparent and merit based recruitment system introduced and 110 investigation officers were recruited through NTS.
Besides, introduction of Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) for better career planning and HR Development and conducted about 400 Refresher and capacity building training courses with the help of local and foreign partners organizations, introduction of 10 month timelines for NAB operations, 2 month for complaint verification, 4 months for inquiry and 4 months for investigation, revision of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), introduction of Quantified Grading System for objective performance evaluation, establishment of three Regional Bureaus at Multan, Sukkur and Gilgit-Baltistan, establishment of Forensic Science Laboratory, introduction of internal accountability mechanism (IAM) and introduction of Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES).
Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB said that Monitoring and Evaluation (M and E) is a process that helps improving performance and achieving results to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact. He said that Monitoring and Evaluation System is an important management tool to track progress and it facilitates in decision making as well as establishes links between the past, present and future actions.
He said that the initiatives undertaken under the supervision of present leadership are bearing fruits/started yielding dividends resulting in optimal utilization of resources and improved efficiency. This has been acknowledged by independent monitoring agencies Like Transparency International and PILDAT.
He said NAB has devised a concept of CIT and observed that the CIT had indeed improved the quality of inquiries and investigations as well as the professional capacity of Investigation officers (IOs). Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman said that NAB strongly believes in Zero Tolerance Policy against Corruption across the board as per law. NAB’s Anti-corruption campaign is carried widely for awareness and prevention of corruption besides Enforcement throughout the country.
NAB hopes that joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption and corrupt practices before happening with the help of all stakeholders, civil society, media and people at large and bring sustainable systematic changes to the governance structure of our country.
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