Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak has assured his full support and patronage to Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) and the Provincial Inspection Team (PIT) for their endeavours to eliminate corruption from the government departments and inquiry of irregularities in the government functioning and public projects.
He asked the ACE and PIT to follow the spirit of the provincial government’s commitment for rooting out corruption from the government departments and take stringent actions in this regard instead of filing “all is well” reports, adding that ACE officers, if found ignoring their duties, should also be taken to task. The Chief Minister directed the ACE and PIT to consistently inform his office about any action taken, disposal of cases, recovery of misappropriated amount or outcome of inquiries in corruption cases.
He issued these orders while presiding over a meeting regarding affairs of ACE and PIT held at CM secretariat Wednesday. The provincial Education Minister, Mohammad Atif, Parliamentary Secretary for ACE and PIT, Dr. Haider Ali, Chairman PIT, Director ACE and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
Stressing the need for concerted efforts for making the provincial government’s measures against corruption a success, the Chief Minister said that appointment of Dr. Haider Ali, MPA, as Parliamentary Secretary for ACE and PIT will prove helpful for achieving the goals of these departments in a smooth and effective manner. He directed that the provincial assembly and common people of the province should be informed about achievements of ACE and PIT.
The Chief Minister on this occasion also approved a proposal for setting up an independent prosecution Wing and Special Investigation Unit within ACE and directed the concerned authorities to remove all hindrances in creation of new posts for ACE and induction of deputation officers into ACE.
He was also approved of establishment of permanent training wing of ACE on the pattern of police department and advised that only trained officers should be deputed for handling investigation of corruption cases.
During the meeting it was told that under the present provincial government drive against corruption, the ACE, since May 2014, had registered 154 cases of corruption against the government officers and officials, and 459 accused officials were arrested in such cases.
Out of these the ACE had disposed of 49 cases so far and recovered an amount of Rs. 1,05,87,08,765 (1058.708 million) which included cash recovery of 251.114 million rupees together with an amount 807.594 million rupees in shape of immoveable property.
Similarly, the meeting was informed that the PIT had received 60 complaints from the Chief Minister, out of which recommendations regarding 51 inquiries have been submitted after completion of inquiry.
Prominent among such cases are inquiry against complaints regarding delay in construction of Lawari Tunnel, infected wheat in food department Chitral, delay in construction of three roads of district Chitral, administrative and financial affairs of Fazle Haq College Mardan, irregular appointments in Working Folk Grammar School Hattar, DHQ Hospital Haripur and Ayub Medical Complex Abbottabad, irregularities in Forests Division Kohistan, misappropriation of funds in capacity building project of Public Health Engineering department Nowshera, corruption of 13.1 million rupees in DHQ Hospital D.I.Khan, irregularities in auction of mineral leases, Misappropriation of funds of Tehsil Headquarter Hospital Pattan, Kohistan, substandard construction of eastern and western bypass road Mardan and substandard construction and procurement of equipments for Gynae ward of Ayub Medical Complex Hospital, Abbottabad.