ISLAMABAD - Amid controversy whether Acting Chairman NADRA Imtiaz Tajwar could retain the acting charge of this post after his promotion to next grade and his transfer from the Ministry of Interior, the Establishment Division has moved a summary to the Prime Minister for his final decision on the matter, The Nation has learnt.

Some senior bureaucrats in the Ministry of Interior terming this ‘a clear example of bad governance’ had raised question after Tajwar, who was working as Additional Secretary (BPS-21) in the Ministry of Interior, was recently promoted to grade 22 and posted as executive director/secretary NAVTTC (National Vocational & Technical Training Commission). NAVTTC is a federal apex body in the country for technical education and vocational training and is attached with the PM Secretariat (Public).

It was questioned, how could Imtiaz Tajwar hold the charge of acting Chairman NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority) after relinquishing the acting charge of additional secretary in the ministry because of his transfer to new assignment. Some bureaucrats in the Interior Division questioned how Tajwar could retain the charge as acting Chairmen NADRA, an authority that works under the Ministry of Interior, after he relinquished the charge of his principal seat in the ministry.

An officer of the Establishment Division wishing not to be named said that a question had arisen whether Tajwar could continue with the acting charge after his promotion to grade 22. “We have written to the Prime Minister for his final decision on the matter with the remarks that Tajwar could do so as NADRA works like an autonomous body or a corporation, the PM could give its acting charge to any officer who could retain this charge after his transfer to another place,” the official said.

He also said that in the view of Establishment Division, rules allow this but the authority of final decision would remain with the Prime Minister.

The official of Establishment Division said that Ministry of Interior had raised the question over the retaining of charge of acting chairman NADRA by Imtiaz Tajwar. He said that Established Division had routed the summary to the PM through the Ministry of Interior with the remarks that he could do so.

Another officer of the Establishment Division said rules did not allow that Tajwar to continue with the acting charge of Chairman NADRA after his promotion and transfer to new assignment. “How he could retain the previous charge,” he said adding that the PM could notify his name through a new notification after cancelling his previous notification.

Imtiaz Tajwar was sent a question over this issue but he did not reply. A spokesman of NADRA Faik Ali said that Prime Minister had notified Imtiaz Tajwar as acting chairman NADRA and he would continue with this till next decision of the PM.

Another senior officer of the Establishment Division said the government was of the view that new acting chairman NADRA could not be appointed for a short period of time as the process of appointment of permanent Chairman NADRA was under progress.

“If new acting chairman was appointed, he would come up with its new administrative policies for a short period of time till the appointment of a permanent chief and this would affect the working of the authority,” he said. However, it is a fact that Imtiaz Tajwar is working as acting chairman NADRA since mid of January 2014 when former Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik had resigned because of his differences with Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. The government had invited applications for the position of chairman NADRA on May 8, 2014 but could never appoint the permanent chief of the authority.

Imtiaz Tajwar is among 10 officers of grade 21 who were promoted to grade 22 on October 17, 2014. Spokesman to PM Dr Mussadiq Malik when contacted said that he would soon respond after having input from the departments concerned. But he did not respond till the filing of this story.