MULTAN: Director General National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Multan Atiqur Rehman said that NAB recovered 4316 plots in different property scams and handed over to affectees during its two and half year working in the region.
“NAB is striving hard to eliminate menace of corruption from society. The conviction rate of Multan’s NAB cases remained 76 per cent, which is proof of its performance. About Rs 2262 millions were recovered from different scams and handed back to affectees or deposited in government exchequer”. DG NAB Atiqur Rehman expressed these views in a seminar held in connection with
He informed that NAB recovered Rs 1.22 billion in one scam, which affected nearly 200,000 people. Similarly, Rs 370 million was recovered from a government official in another scam. “NAB Multan also recovered 3000 plots in one housing society scam and returned these to real heirs”, Atiqur Rehman maintained.
During its inception from 2015, Multan NAB office took action on 188 cases. About complaints, the DG NAB informed that they responded to 5800 complaints during the period. He added that NAB also constituted different committees including Public Procurement Authority to review process of purchase in government departments. “We are also studying matter pertaining to illegal occupation on state-land, and irrigation canals”.
NAB introduced 7000 character building societies in Multan, Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan divisions, where in it enjoys 40,000 membership. DG NAB hoped that these character building societies would surely play important role in abolishing menace of corruption. He urged citizens to resist against corruption.
Masses cooperation is vital importance for elimination of the menace. Director NAB Multan Abdul Hafeez Khan also spoke and informed that discretionary powers in departments were also causing corruption. There is more corruption, where the heads of departments enjoy more discretionary powers. NAB is also working to ensure merit policy in departments. NAB will give recommendations for minimizing discretionary powers as it is studying different departments in this regard.
On this occasion, students, civil society workers and officials from different departments also joined walk which started from Tea House and ended at Multan Arts Council.
The participants were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans and awareness raising messages against corruption.