ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Friday said National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) earned Rs 470 million profit in February against a loss of Rs 78 million last June.
Speaking at a press conference here after chairing meeting of NADRA Management Board, he said many wasteful expenditures in NADRA had been ended and affairs in the organization were being made transparent by undertaking an audit.
NADRA also gained a profit of Rs 420 million in January, he added.
The Minister said NADRA had signed an agreement worth Rs. 46.2 million for project of Punjab Bar Council Cards.
A further extension of Sindh Arms License Project worth Rs. 300 million was under negotiation with Home Department, Government of Sindh, he said adding a new project worth Rs. 342 million was initiated for Proof of Residence (PoR) of Afghan Refugees in collaboration with UNHCR. Each card would cost US$ 100.
The Minister said Punjab Wheat Subsidy Project worth Rs. 206.25 million was under negotiation while Punjab Arms License Project was in final stage of negotiations with Government of Punjab.
He said Safe City Project which was conceived in 2008, would be launched to install cameras and set up a command and control system to secure Islamabad.
He said the previous government had already released 66 million dollars for the project without signing any agreement with the company and now Pakistan was also bearing interest incurred on the loan for the project.
The Minister said total number of Director Generals in NADRA had been brought down to 24 from a total of 36 and out of 17103 employees, 16557 were verified with biometrics.
The Interior Minister said a committee with representatives from private sector would be formed to decide about the next NADRA chairman, who would be more qualified than his predecessors but would be drawing lesser salary as compared to the last chairman who drew salary in excess of Rs. two million.
He said 361 NADRA employees were not verified and declared absentees and ghost employees. Their salaries had been stopped and they would be removed if they did not report by March 23, 2014.
He said 22 of the 52 employees working outside NADRA had joined back, while rest had been issued final notices to join. Ten employees on deputation in NADRA were reverted back to parent departments.
Major penalty of dismissal from service had been imposed on 13 employees whose degrees had been found fake and bogus, the Minister said adding twelve employees had been dismissed and removed from service on account of illegal processing of CNICs.
He said a new policy regarding foreign postings had been formulated while 11 of the NADRA employees posted abroad without proper selection process had been called back.
321 employees had been suspended as they were given contract after ban by the Federal Government on June 20, 2013, he added.
He said an enquiry had been ordered against the officials who were responsible in appointing these employees.
The Minister said 23 vehicles of NADRA had been retrieved from various Directorates and Departments and a sum of Rs 1.6 million had been saved on account of monetization allowance.
While a saving of Rs. 1.2 million had been achieved on account of fuel economy.