Vienna, August 22, 2016 (PPI-OT):Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhary, Chairman NAB while addressing at UNCAC Conference on “Prevention of Corruption” at Vienna, AUSTRIA has said that corruption is curse which is major cause of all evils. Corruption not only undermines development of any country but also deprives people from their due rights. Considering these facts, NAB was established as Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption organization which is assigned with the responsibility of elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement.
He said that realizing the importance of Information Technology in good governance and prevention of corruption, the Government of Pakistan established a full fledged Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT). MoIT is the national focal ministry dedicated to planning, coordinating and execution of Information Technology and Telecommunications programs in the country. MoIT has eight Regulatory Authorities and Institutions under its administrative control. He said that E-Governance is an important step to check corruption in order to digitize the connection between public officials and communities leading to a stronger, accountable and inclusive decision making.
He said that an ICT based Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) in NAB has been introduced due to which all functions of Operations Division (complaint verification, inquiry, investigation and filing of reference) have been automated, the software has inbuilt Executive Dash Board functions which reflects day to day work right up to the field level. These efforts have been duly acknowledged by the international community and Pakistan’s Global Ranking in ICT over the years have improved as per world economic forum report published in year 2015 which was in 2013 at 105th position, in 2014 at 111th position and in 2015 at 97th position.
The Chairman NAB said that in order to control the menace of corruption, the government has adopted preventive measures with the help of ICT and has introduced Information Technology to bring transparency and minimize the chances of corruption and corrupt practices in government department’s employment and procurement. He said that introduction of ICT in important government organizations e.g. law enforcement agencies (NAB, Police etc.) District Administration and Regulatory Authorities etc. has greatly helped transparency and merit.
The Chairman NAB said that NAB is essentially a complaint driven organization which was established to eradicate corruption and looted money from corrupt. NAB had chalked out a very comprehensive operational methodology for proceeding of cases complaint verification, inquiry and investigation. NAB’s investigation officers strictly follow Code of Conduct and Zero Tolerance Policy on the basis of evidence as per law. The year 2014 which we can be called basically a year of re-invigoration of NAB, he said.
He said that to close the possibility of any single NAB officer/official influencing the discharge of official business, the concept of a “Combined Investigation Team” (CIT) was introduced where two investigation officers and a legal consultant are working as a team for a fair, transparent and unbiased, inquiry/ investigation which has started yielding good results.
He said that NAB has recovered Rs. 277.909 billion since its inception. NAB has received 3, 21,318 complaints which were all disposed off according to law. NAB has authorized 7124 inquiries, 3616 investigation and filed 2610 in the respective Accountability Courts to proceed against allegedly corrupt people since its inception. In short span of 16 years, NAB’s performance is a record achievement which is better than any investigation agency of the world. Due to this reason, Transparency International has rated Pakistan in 2014 from 175 to 126 and in 2015 from 126 to 117. This is because of effective Anti Corruption Strategy of NAB.
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