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Eliminate corruption campaign in full swing in Housing Ministry

Islamabad: Pursuing Federal Minister for Housing and Works Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat’s policy of purging the ministry and its subsidiaries of corrupt elements, Secretary Housing Ministry Kamran Lashari suspended one Superintending Engineer (SE) Fadayat Hussain Shah and one XEN Subash Chandar of Pak-PWD while he has recommended Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani for the disciplinary action against Atta-ul-Haq Akhtar Chief Engineer (South) Pak-PWD.

Adhering to zero-tolerance policy against corruption of Federal Minister for Housing and Works Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, secretary suspended Fadayat Hussain Shah SE Pak-PWD (Electric and Mechanical Circle), Subash Chandar XEN (Electric and Mechanical Division) besides sending summary for disciplinary action against Chief Engineer (South) Atta-ul-Haq Akhtar to Prime Minister in the light of fact finding report which proved that the said officers were involved in serious financial misconduct. Atta-ul-Haq Akhtar has been made OSD.

The Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works has also ordered initiation of formal inquiry and action against the said officers under Government Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 1973.

The action was taken against three as they were found involved in severe financial irregularities while executing electric work at Statistical Division building. The federal minister had ordered probe into the matter and the inquiry conducted by two senior officers of the National Construction – a subsidiary of the housing ministry – revealed that Atta-ul-Haq Akhtar, in the capacity of SE Pak-PWD Islamabad had awarded two projects of electric work collectively worth Rs 9.5 million without advertising tenders in newspapers in March this year.

“At the Pak-PWD website, the date of opening tenders was March 13, 2011 but he opened tenders ten days prior on March 3, 2011. With connivance of a private contractor, Atta-ul-Haq recommended awarding of project to illegally selected lowest bidder to the then Chief Engineer (North) Pak-PWD Gulab Zameer. Zameer not only rejected Akhtar’s recommendation but also ordered inquiry into irregularities committed by SE Atta-ul-Haq in handling the affair,” says the fact finding report.

The fact finding report says meanwhile, Gulab Zameer was transferred and Atta-ul-Haq Akhtar was promoted to the position of Chief Engineer (North) Pak-PWD and he again, misusing his powers, awarded contract to his ‘favourite’ contractor without giving advertisement of tenders in newspapers while it was mandatory under PPRA rules. The inquiry officers found that the value of two projects was Rs 6 million and 3.5 million respectively. “According to PPRA rules, it is mandatory to advertise tenders of the projects worth above Rs 2 million in newspapers. Atta-ul-Haq and other two officers of Pak-PWD including Fadayat Hussain Shah and Subash Chandar also embezzled call-deposits Rs 0.6 million each of two bidders namely M Z Awan and Sons and Noor and Sons,” the report adds.

It is to be mentioned here that Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat has so far caught as many as 4 mega corruption scandals worth billions of rupees punishing the culprits involved in huge monetary losses to the national exchequer in less than a three-month time.

Federal Minister for Housing and Works since taking charge of the ministry, previously known a ‘den of corruption’, has got four high-powered inquiries conducted, apart from this mentioned above, regarding huge financial irregularities in the procurement of land by Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) in Bara Kahu, construction of bridge at Mal-Fatyana Kamalia, construction of new secretariat block at Constitution Avenue, encroachment of 650 acres of Federal Government’s land in Karachi etc.

The ministry in June this year suspended two XENs including Fayyaz Muhammad, XEN, Pak-PWD Multan and Rana Saleem Akhtar, XEN, Pak-PWD, Lahore and a Chief Engineer Mian Masood Akhtar, Pak-PWD, Lahore after finding sufficient material-evidence in the probe regarding corruption in the construction of bridge at Mal-Fatyana on Ravi River , Kamalia-Harrapa Road .

Following Federal Minister Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat’s eliminate corruption policy, the secretary had suspended, few weeks ago, two senior officers of Pakistan Public Works Department (Pak-PWD) on the charges of irregularities committed in the construction of new office blocks in Pak-Secretariat including Kifayat Ullah, Superintending Engineer and Faiz Ahmad Faiz Executive Engineer.

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