By: Mushtaq Ghumman
Ministry of Water and Power has reportedly appointed Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco), who is the most junior in the list of Superintendent Engineers after sending the senior-most officer Khalid Nazir on forced leave.
Official documents available with Business Recorder reveal that Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar, presently at the bottom of the list of superintendent engineers of PEPCO at serial No 135, was “illegally” transferred and assigned the charge of CEO IESCO on February 10, 2106.
The incumbent CEO Iesco, an officer of NTDCL was previously appointed on contract as CEO Fesco where he remained till February, 25 2014. Dr Jabbar then allegedly used his connections for transfer from Fesco to the Punjab Government as the COO of the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Company, where he joined the same day ie February 25, 2014.
The competent Authority (unknown) exempted him from one month’s notice period or deposit of one month’s salary in lieu thereof as required in terms and conditions of his contract with Fesco.
After joining the Solar Park, Dr Jabbar could not effectively work as the COO Quaid-e-Azam Solar Company and was soon assigned the job of Focal Person of the solar power.
This is a non-existent post and reportedly was given to him because of his political connections. Upon investigation, it was found that he is the brother-in-law of the sitting speaker of the Punjab Provincial Assembly, besides having similar relationships with other MPAs and MNAs of the ruling party.
Recently, he got himself transferred to Iesco as a Superintendent Engineer or an Additional Chief Engineer and then got the position of CEO. “This type of order, where a SE rank person is first transferred and then assigned the charge of a position two steps higher than his rank is unheard off,” said a power sector analyst.
It was found that at least twenty officers in Iesco were senior to Dr Jabbar in both service and rank as SEs, while many others were in the senior ranks of Chief Engineers and General Managers. According to insiders, Dr Jabbar’s turn for promotion as a Chief Engineer is at least five years away being 135th in the seniority list of SEs which is available with this newspaper.
It is also learnt that Dr Jabbar as a pre-requisite to his possible promotion as Chief Engineer someday was called-upon to attend the senior management course at Wapda Staff College, Islamabad. Although, this is a regular residential course, again Dr Jabbar allegedly manoeuvred to attend the course daily till 11 o’ clock against the requirement to be available 24 hours for the course and then return to Iesco HQ to do official work there.
As many as 30 officers of SE, Chief Engineer and GM rank working at Iesco are senior to him, and officers and staff are allegedly planning to protest. Ministry of Water & Power does not like the situation but is unable to do anything as it is under tremendous political pressure, the sources maintained. Ministry of Water and Power recently refused to extend the contract of CEO Iesco Malik Yousaf Awan, and NAB has completed its inquiry against him. NAB is expected to arrest him within a week on charges of recruitment in the company in grave violation of rules.