WEB DESK: Chairman, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Thursday said room for improvement always exists as good work gets appreciation.
Chairing a meeting held here to review performance of all divisions of NAB for year 2015, he directed all officers/officials to work honestly, vigilantly and diligently to curb corruption and corrupt practices from the country. The chairman reiterated his firm resolve and said NAB was committed to eradicating corruption by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy across the board.
He directed Chairman Inspection and Monitoring Team (CI&MT) to send results of 2015 to all regional bureaus and all divisions of NAB Headquarters to further improve their performance on basis of weaknesses/shortcomings pointed out by CI&MT during inspection carried out during 2016. He appreciated the CI&MT for its good work. Inspection of headquarters divisions was conducted by CI&MT.
Senior Member CI&MT informed the meeting that CI&MT was deputed to conduct annual inspection of all regional bureaus of NAB and all divisions of NAB Headquarters to review and evaluate their performance for 2015. Accordingly, CI&MT conducted annual inspection of all regional bureaus during January and February 2016 and highlighted their strengths and weaknesses on basis of Partly Quantified Grading System (PQGS).
He further informed that Chairman NAB personally visited all regional bureaus of NAB on last day of annual inspection to have first hand information about their performance. He said as per directions of the Chairman, a quantified grading system had been devised under which performance of all regional bureaus was evaluated at uniform criteria – 80 percent
marks were considered “Outstanding/Excellent,” between 60-79 percent were considered as “Very Good,” between 50-57 percent were considered as “Good,” while marks less than 40 percent were considered as “Below Average”. The meeting was further informed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) had been approved to rationalise workload and timelines had been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months – from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in respective Accountability Court.
In order to ensure uniformity and standardisation, the SOPs in vogue have been revised after a gap of 10 years to make these responsive to needs of changed economic, social and technological realities along with goals and targets for smooth conduct of operational activities in accordance with law and to bring further improvements in performance of Divisions of NAB Headquarters.
Senior Member CI&MT highlighted strengths and weaknesses of all divisions of NAB Headquarters on basis of inspection report. It was further informed that operational arms of NAB are its regional bureaus which are involved in field operations ie conduct of Complaint Verification (CV), inquiries, investigations, Prosecutions of cases at trial and appellate stages. The meeting was informed that results of all regional bureaus and Headquarters after applying Partly Quantified Grading System based on statistical data have been prepared which comparatively are better from last year due to continued oversight and monitoring.