News : Anti-fraud Helpline Being Set Up at Governor’s House
Karachi, Pakistan, Aug 16 2016 -- An anti-fraud helpline is being set up at the Sindh Governor’s House with the support of Transparency International, the National Accountability Bureau, and other organisations, the governor said on Monday.
Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad was addressing a ceremony held at the Governor’s House under the aegis of the NAB Sindh to return Rs151 million – embezzled money recovered by bureau - to different provincial government departments.
The governor said the support of the institutions of provincial ombudsman and anti-corruption establishment would be sought for running the proposed anti-fraud and anti-corruption helpline.
He called upon the government officials concerned to run administrative affairs of the departments under their respective control in best of the manner as doing so would be helpful to effectively curb the menace of corruption up to extent of 80 percent.
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He also urged government officers to spend development funds allocated to them in the most transparent and judicious manner while considering such finances a trust of public reposed to them.
He said that there would be zero tolerance on the issue of embezzlement in public and developmental funds.
The governor said that efforts of NAB should be appreciated well as the bureau had been doing its best to wipe out menace of corruption from the province.
He said NAB had performed very well as it had got vacated some 20,000 acres of land, which had been under undue occupation of unscrupulous elements.
He said that NAB in the current year had received 5,000 complaint applications from the aggrieved people showing well that people had reposed confidence in working of the accountability bureau.
Ebad said that bringing to justice people involved in instances of white-collar crime had been considered a very difficult job on worldwide basis.
He also urged the government officials to keep a strict eye on suspicious or possible fraudulent activity committed by their respective subordinate staff.
Speaking on the occasion, NAB Sindh director general Col (retd) Sirajul Naeem said NAB during the current year had recovered Rs1.3 billion out of the money embezzled funds and deposited it back to the public exchequer. He said that NAB had rounded up 100 people on their involvement in embezzlement.
He said that apart from the recovery of 20,000 acres in Karachi, some 5,050,000 acres had also been recovered from occupation of land grabbers in other districts of the province.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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