LAHORE - Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq has reportedly blessed his blue-eyed officers with more than two lucrative posts, close sources said.
More than six officers were given additional charge of key posts in the board. They include ETPB Secretary Ikramul Haq who has been given additional charges of Chief Controller Accounts and Development Officer, sources told The Nation.
“These officers are enjoying full perks and privileges while working for their vested interests only,” said a senior ETPB official, seeking anonymity.
He added that even after assigning Mr Haq three duties at the same time no improvement was witnessed in the said sections. “Neither accounts section was improved nor any new development initiated. Moreover the dictatorial attitude of Mr Ikramul Haq doubled the problems of employees in accounts section.”
Similarly, Deputy Secretary (Services) Muhammad Boota was entrusted additional responsibilities of Deputy Secretary (Management) and Controller of Accounts.
According to the merit, both officers are not eligible for such posts.
Deputy Administrator Lahore Uzma Shehzadi is also enjoying additional charge of Administrator Lahore. Besides that she is also looking into board cases referred to NAB and FIA. She is also playing the role of focal person and considered close to the chairman.
Deputy Secretary Land Sheikh Muhammad Javed is also enjoying the charge of Deputy Secretary Property.
Another employee of grade 9, Gulraiz Ch is performing duty of Protocol Assistant and Care Taker Transport at the same time, while according to the sources, there was no such seat in ETPB .
Gulraiz has been enjoying an official car and residence apart from monthly fuel worth thousands of rupees. He is also responsible for the domestic administrative affairs of Chairman ETPB residence at Zaman Park.
Muhammad Umar Durrani, a close relative of Board Member and Accounts Officer at Audit Cell, has been entrusted charge of Public Relations Officer, Incharge Media Relations and also a member of Purchase Committee. Due to close relations with Secretary Board, he is also controlling accounts branch with perks and extra staff.
When contacted, ETPB Chairman Siddiqul Farooq ruled out that entrusting additional charge to any officer was an illegal act. “Had it been illegal, other senior officers would have contacted courts.
“I have put the losses stricken board on the path of profitability after taking over the charge. ETPB was running in deficit of Rs140 million and within nine months I made its revenue is surplus with Rs200 million,” he added.
About the additional charge assigned to different officers, Mr Farooq said: “I have lately interviewed a grade-19 officer and he will be appointed as Chief Controller Accounts (CCA) soon.” He went on to say that there was huge corruption in the board before he took over the charge and he was trying to replace the corrupt elements with young blood.
To a question about his Rs5 million salary, the ETPB chairman said: “I never spoke about serving ETPB without salary rather I had asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pay me Rs1.5m monthly since it is a very hectic job.”