Islamabad - Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry yesterday said that recent report of Transparency International has rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 117, which is a great achievement for the country due to NAB’s efforts.

It was stated by the chairman NAB during a meeting held to review overall progress of the National Accountability Bureau at NAB headquarters.

He said the NAB has prosecuted corrupt people and has recovered Rs 265.977 billion since its inception, which is another success of NAB.

The allocation to NAB for its working since creation is Rs 10.111 billion, which is only 3.7% of recoveries made by it. He said NAB recovered Rs 4.5 billion only in last year.

Chaudhry said the increase in applications to NAB is reflective of people’s confidence in its 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 reinvigorated. In terms of inquiries, NAB has received 300,009 complaints since its inception. The NAB authorised 6662 and 3391 investigations. As regards, the corruption references filed in respective accountability courts, the NAB has filed 2451 corruption references since its inception. The conviction rate of NAB is approximately 70 percent.

He said, “Youth is our future and the NAB has decided to involve and sensitise youth thorough its holistic and innovative proactive approach of awareness and prevention.”

He said the 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 organised lectures, workshops, seminars, essay writing competitions, declamation contests, poster / painting competitions in educational institutions and organised 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 the federal and provincial governments for transparency, meritocracy, fair play and compliance of relevant laws, the 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.

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-Batistan, establishment of forensic science laboratory, introduction of internal accountability mechanism (IAM) and introduction of monitoring and evaluation system (MES).