Residents appeal NAB, FIA to investigate matter
Islamabad: Discrepancies, favoritism and corruption have emerged in the award of contract to collect garbage from sector G-13 and sub sector G-14/4 in Islamabad. The Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) that works under the Ministry of Housing & Works awarded a contract worth Rupees 2.1 million per month to a contractor to collect garbage and maintain cleanliness in the above mentioned sectors. However, with the alleged patronization from some officials of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) the contractor has been receiving the money without fulfilling the contract. Under the contract the contractor was supposed to collect garbage from the houses and also maintain cleanliness in the streets and on the roads in addition to maintaining the drains. However, it has emerged that the contractor pockets the hefty sum of Rupees 2.1 million monthly without performing some of the above mentioned duties.
It is pertinent to mention that it is the duty of officials of FGEHF to ensure that the work is done according to contract and under their supervision. But due to criminal negligence and alleged support of few corrupt officials of FGEHF the contractor is pocketing the money without fulfilling the contract. Residents have alleged that some corrupt officials of the FGEHF who are government employees are also allegedly on the payroll of the contractor.
According to sources the contractor in question has assured the FGEHF that he has hired hundreds of sanitary workers to provide sanitary services to the residents of the sector G-13 and sub sector G-14/4. However, in reality the contractor has hired merely around 30 sanitary workers. These 30 odd workers work on daily wages and are pad Rupees 10,000 each i.e. the total salary of these workers per month amounts to just Rupees 0.3 million, however the contractor pockets a hefty sum of Rupees 2.1 million each month from the FGEHF dealing a loss of up to Rupees 1.8 million each month to the exchequer. It is also pertinent to mention here that the number of sanitary workers shown in the official files by the contractor is in hundreds. Residents have alleged that despite raising the matter with officials of the FGEHF no action has been taken against the contractor. Residents now left with no other option have appealed to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the matter and take action against the corrupt officials.
Pakistan Group of Newspapers and Roze News highlighted the matter to FGEHF Director Alif Jan Afridi who asked the coordination officer Sajid Asadi to visit the area and take necessary measures. The same matter was also raised with the Director (technical) FGEHF Zebun Nisa who called the Deputy Director Matti, however the Deputy Director and an official named Rana defended the contractor in question and falsely claimed that they visit the area every day and the sanitation and garbage collection work is being carried out as per contract.