ISLAMABAD (PR): Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB has said that prevention committees will help identify ways and means to plug loopholes and measures for strengthening regulatory mechanism of Federal and Provincial Governments for transparency and compliance of relevant laws.
In this regard NAB has constituted prevention committees on Capital Development Authority (CDA), 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.
NAB’s Prevention Committee on Ministry of Religious Affairs has forwarded its recommendations to Ministry of Religious Affairs which were considered by Ministry of Religious Affairs very aggressively in order to provide better facilities and to address problems of Hajis. Due to this reason, arrangements made by Ministry of Religious Affairs last year were appreciated by Hajis said Chaudhry, during a meeting to review performance of Awareness and Prevention Division of NAB at NAB Headquarter.
He said that NAB has chalked out a proactive anti corruption strategy to eradicate corruption by using all its resources. NAB during the last 16 years has received about 3, 26,694 complaints from individuals and private / public organizations. During this period NAB authorized 10992 complaint verification, 7303 inquiries, 3648 investigations, filed 2667 corruption references in respective accountability courts and overall conviction ratio is about 76 percent. NAB’s prime focus is on cases of cheating public at large by fraudulent financial companies, bank frauds, willful bank loan defaults, misuse of authority and embezzlement of state funds by government servants etc.
The hard work and commitment shown by all ranks of NAB officers/officials towards their national duty particularly in the last two and half years have started yielding positive results. He said NAB had nabbed corrupt and has recovered looted public money since its inception Rs. 285 billion which is a great achievement. The allocation to NAB for its working since creation is Rs. 12 billion, which is only 4.2% of recoveries made by NAB.
He said that the present leadership of NAB has taken number of measures aimed at correcting the structural deficiencies, improving efficiency and create an enabling environment to achieve the objectives of National Accountability Ordinance which are revisited and revised to meet present day needs, transparent and merit based recruitment system introduced and 104 investigation officers were recruited on merit. 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, introduction of state of the art Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) in order to monitor and evaluate the performance NAB Headquarter and all NAB’s Regional Bureaus in quantities and qualitative manners.
He said that in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, NAB has devised a system of Combine Investigation Team comprising of Director, Additional Director, Investigation Officer and a Senior Legal Counsel has been put in place. NAB has also established three Regional Bureaus at Multan, Sukkur.