ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Rawalpindi as part of its measures to curb corruption, has arrested 69 corrupt persons and filed 48 references during year 2015.
The conviction rate was 78 percent and during the year, Rawalpindi Bureau also recovered Rs. 1441.755 million.
Chairman NAB, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, who visited NAB Rawalpindi Regional Bureau for annual inspection here Wednesday was informed that under grading system, performance of all NAB’s Regional Bureaus was being evaluated during January and February 2016 at a uniform criteria.
Chairman’s Inspection & Monitoring Team (CIMT) was deputed to conduct annual inspection of NAB Rawalpindi Regional Bureau for year 2015. Senior member of CIMT along with his team conducted the said inspection.
He briefed the Chairman about inspection done and highlighted strengths and weaknesses of Rawalpindi Regional Bureau and said
inspection was carried out from January 18 to 20 to review and evaluate performance of NAB Rawalpindi Bureau on basis of newly introduced quantified grading system.
He said 80 per cent marks are being considered as Outstanding/Excellent, between 60 to 79 per cent are being considered as Very Good, between 40 to 49 per cent as Good and marks less than 40 per cent are being considered as Below Average.
He informed that on the directions of the Chairman NAB, a quantified grading system has been devised.
On the occasion, the Chairman said Bureau was committed to eradicating corruption across the board by adopting zero tolerance policy throughout the country and added corruption is mother of all evils.
Corruption undermines development and rule of law, he said and added corruption not only causes delay in early completion of development projects but also causes huge losses to national exchequer.
Considering these facts National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was established in 1999 as Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption organization which is assigned with responsibility of elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement and to recover looted money.
NAB operates under National Accountability Ordinance-1999 which is extended to all of Pakistan including FATA and Gilgit Baltistan.
NAB has its Headquarters at Islamabad while it has seven Regional Bureaus located at Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Sukkur, Multan and Rawalpindi.
Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said NAB Rawalpindi is flagship of regional bureaus which has played prominent role in contributing towards overall performance of NAB, he said.
In 2015, NAB Rawalpindi received 7002 complaints which were process according to the law. NAB Rawalpindi out of 333 Complaints Verification (CVs) completed 288.
NAB Rawalpindi out of 229 inquiries also completed 128 whereas out of 96 investigations 52 were completed on merit.
In view of assessed annual performance based on evaluation under quantified grading system prepared by Chairman’s Inspection and Monitoring Team (CIMT) has graded NAB Rawalpindi’s performance as very good with 65 per cent Operational Efficiency Index (OEI).
He appreciated its performance under supervision of Director General NAB, Rawalpindi.
The Chairman directed all officers and officials of NAB Rawalpindi to work hard to further improve their performance and to curb corruption and corrupt practices.
He said CIMT has done good work. There is always room for improvements, however, good work always gets appreciated and shows commitment of the Bureau, he added.