LAHORE - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has said the NAB’s effective National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) for eradication of corruption and corrupt practices has started yielding dividends which will continue during 2016.
Addressing the NAB officers during his visit to Bureau’s Lahore office to review its performance on the basis of quantified grading system, he said, “The Planning Commission of Pakistan has included a chapter devoted to issues of corruption in the 11th five-year plan and we intend to work closely with Planning Commission to achieve the goals set in the plan .” He said corruption was on decline in Pakistan as the Transparency International had placed it nine positions better as compared to previous year since the country improved the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) score.
The chairman said that NAB had prosecuted corrupts and had recovered approximately Rs 266 billion since its inception and deposited in the national exchequer which is a record achievement. The allocation to NAB for its working since creation is Rs 10.111 billion, which was only 3.74 percent of recoveries made by NAB . He said NAB had received 3,00,209 applications, authorised 6,662 inquiries, authorised 3,391 investigations and filed 2,451 corruption references in the respective accountability courts since its inception, adding that various initiatives had been taken to further improve the performance of NAB .
He said it was in this context that Pildat in its report had rated NAB’s performance at 42 percent based on public survey. This compares quite favourably to 29 percent public confidence in police and 26 percent in Government officers working. The rate of success of NAB’s prosecution work in all courts is approximately 70 percent. The recent reports of Transparency International also rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117 which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to NAB 's efforts.
Qamar Zaman said NAB had devised new standard operating procedure (SOP) to rationalise the workload and timelines for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the accountability court. In order to ensure uniformity and standardisation, the SOPs for investigation officers (IOs) in vogue were reviewed and revised after a gap of 10 years in order to benefit from the experience and collective wisdom of senior supervisory officers, a system of CIT comprising director, additional director, investigation officer and a senior legal counsel had been put in place.
“This will not only lend quality to the work but also ensure that no single individual can influence the proceedings,” he said. Qamar said last year NAB had devised a comprehensive quantified grading system in NAB in order to review annual performance of Bureau’s regional offices and further improve the performance of officers/officials of NAB . Under this grading system, NAB regional bureau’s performance (operational efficiency index (OEI) was being evaluated at a given criteria 80 percent will be considered ‘outstanding/excellent’, marks between 60 percent to 79 percent will be considered as ‘very good’ marks between 40 percent to 49 percent will be considered as ‘good’, while marks less than 40 percent will be considered as ‘below average’. He said annual inspection of NAB Lahore had been completed and CI&MT team had graded NAB Lahore's performance as outstanding/excellent with 89.24 operational efficiency index (OEI). He said NAB had an effective developed monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system 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, decisions made and list of participants attended the meeting with time and date and setting up of an effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system and ability to analyse data in qualitative and quantitative form having warnings and alarms system for violators.
He said to create awareness against the ill effects of corruption among the youth of Pakistan, NAB in collaboration with HEC had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and over 10,000 character building societies (CBSs) had been established by NAB in universities and colleges to create awareness against corruption as youth was considered a vanguard in the fight against corruption .
Qamar said all the institutions had performed well but the NAB performed better than all by carrying out professional tasks through improved standards and quality over previous years.
Appreciating the performance of officers, the chairman NAB said that good quality of work came to his review during annual inspection report 2015 which showed that the Nab had achieved positive results by putting untiring efforts. He advised the officers to carry out these results more vigorously in future by utilising their resources, capabilities and skills, besides striving hard to achieve common goals rather personal interests.
The chairman NAB stressed the need to promote the culture of self-accountability in the behaviours while performing the tasks and coming up to the expectations of the people by discharging the duties with responsibility.
“Institutions count more and workforce makes them strengthen and also adds good name to the department,” Qamar said and urged the officers never let the self respect of anyone be harm, not lose the tolerance and never misuse the authority. “You are doing national duty and the nation has expectations with NAB ,” he maintained.