Unit has been established to monitor integrity and honesty of Grade-20 and above officials of customs and Internal Revenue Service
ISLAMABAD: The Integrity and Performance Management Unit (IPMU) has become functional with induction of two top officials.
HRM Chief Bakhtiar Muhammad and Second Secretary Asset Declaration Muhammad Adil Khan have been appointed to execute their duties at the unit. The appointment of two more officials is still pending. HRM Member Khawaja Tanveer Ahmad will be in-charge of the unit.
“IPMU has been established to monitor integrity and honesty of officers of Customs and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of Grade-20 and above. Whereas, integrity and honesty of officers hailing from lower grades from 20 will be monitored by heads of their respective departments,” a source at FBR said.
The source said that reports about the performance and integrity of officers complied by the unit would be used for carrier management. There is also a proposal under consideration to link promotions of officers with report of the unit, the source said.
“However, further formation of rules are required because promotions are made under some set rules and regulations prescribed by the federal government and issued by Establishment Division,” he added.
The source said that the circles concerned were critical of the said proposal of linking promotion of officers with rules and regulations other than prescribed by the competent authority and institution.
The source added that IPMU was established to introduce and maintain a system of accountability of performance, competence and conduct of the employees and the unit would ensure appropriate measures, including internal control to combat corruption within the organisation under the FBR and keep an eye to ensure the integrity of employees that is verified periodically through applicable procedure which shall be made one of the criterion for promotion and incentives.
“The unit has two functional cells i.e. Integrity Management Cell (IMC) and Performance Evaluation Cell (PEC). Each is headed by an officer of BS 20,” the source observed, adding that on integrity management issues the IPMU would submit periodical reports to FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa and on performance evaluation, however IPMU would share findings with the member concerned and after incorporation of views the reports would be forwarded to the FBR chief.
Customs Today had reported last month about a tug of war among the FBR officials on the nature of terms of reference of the unit.