ISLAMABAD, Jul 24: Qamar Zaman Chaudry, Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reiterated his firm resolve that NAB strongly believes in zero tolerance policy through its holistic and proactive approach of Awareness, Prevention and Enforcement Strategy.
NAB has also chalked out a comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) for eradication of corruption and corrupt practices throughout the country.
He said NAB operates under the National Accountability Ordinance-1999 which is extended to whole of Pakistan including FATA and Gilgit Baltistan. He said this while addressing NAB officers during his visit to NAB KP Regional Bureau in order to review its performance.
He said that after assumption of his duties, he introduced the following measures to guard against any unethical and unprofessional conduct.
NAB with improved infrastructure and rationalized workload, timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of
case putting a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to investigation and finally to a reference in Accountability Court.
To ensure uniformity and standardization, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in vogue have revised after a gap of 10 years to make these responsive to the needs of changed economic, social and technological realities.
Evaluating the quantitative and qualitative output of individual officers as well as field units and observance of revised and updated SOPs.
The concept of Combined Investigation Teams (CIT) has been introduced in NAB. This has made it impossible for any one individual to influence the conduct or the outcome of any inquiry/ investigation.
Periodic performance reviews and case analysis by dedicated Inspection and Monitoring Teams serve as a corrective as well as educative platform by indentifying the acts of omission and commission.
An objective, Quantified Grading System (QGS) of performance appraisal is a major step in eliminating the culture of subjective personal likes and dislikes.
NAB has approved training of incoming investigation officers at Police Training College Sihala on modern lines from August 2015.
He said that the combined effect of the above stated measures are showing good results. It has ensured that only professionalism and merit prevails in the Organization.
He said that an Internal Accountability Mechanism (IAM) has been comprehensively devised and set up in NAB. All complaints against NAB employees are scrutinized and investigated by qualified
Intelligence & vigilance experts with the help of senior officers. Such elements who for reasons of inefficiency, misconduct, malpractice and
violation of laid down SOPs bring a bad name to the Organization, are promptly dealt under the law.
A special Integrity Management Cell has also been set-up in NAB Headquarters. He said through a combination of above measures and procedures, NAB is geared up to augment its drive against corruption with renewed zeal and energy.
The Chairman NAB directed all NAB KP Officers/Officials that all complaint verification, inquiries and investigations should be completed transparently, in time and on the basis of evidence on merit under laid down procedures/SOP and laws.