ISLAMABAD: Secretary Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Haider Zaman on Saturday denied of any violation in official procurement and in the appointments of its employees.
Taking to APP the Secretary PSF replied in response to the news published on December 11 in Daily Express regarding the appointments in PSF.
Responding to queries, regarding purchase of Rs 3.7 million equipment for three research projects without proper advertisement from Tahir scientific supplier from Peshawar, he said that purchase was made in PSF funded projects by the Nuclear Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA), an organization under Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) with complete adherence to its own procurement rules.
He said that it is pertinent to mention here that the procurement mentioned therein were made, under three different projects at different occasions and do not fall under rules the news papers claimed, adding the overpayment to an employee of PSF had been recovered from him as well.
Moreover, the project under Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science &Technology (PINSTEC) had been completed and the equipments purchased therein had been donated to PINSTEC for further research work it had strengthened the public sector organization, he explained.
He said that an advertisement was published on July 11, 2011 for new appointments which was later followed by the ban on recruitment by the Government and thus the proceedings were stopped there.
However, as this ban lifted on June 30, 2012, it was re-initiated following rules and regulations and the period, during which these appointments were made the ban on recruitment, was not intact.
Furthermore, the contract employees were confirmed under “Contract & Daily Wages Employees Order” of Sub-committee of Cabinet Division adding that all these audit queries had satisfactorily been responded to the Ministry of Science & Technology.