ISLAMABAD, May 05, 2017: Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB has said that NAB is committed to work with absolute professionalism, transparently and on merit with the realization that eradication of corruption is our national duty. He said these remarks while chairing a fortnightly meeting to review latest progress on NABís Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) at NAB Headquarter.
During the meeting, Advisor to Chairman on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) gave presentation regarding the latest progress on the working of Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) in NAB and its efficacy in future. He informed that on the directions of Chairman, NAB has developed an effective Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) catering to the needs of all concerned having salient features of maintenance of data at each stage including complaint entry, complaint verification, inquiry, investigation, prosecution stage and record proceedings of Regional Board Meetings and Executive Board Meetings including case brief, decisions made. It also has the ability to analyze data in qualitative and quantitative terms having warnings and alarms system for violators.
The Chairman NAB said that monitoring and evaluation System in NAB is to track implementation and outputs systematically, and measure the effectiveness of performance which helps in enhancing the operational, monitoring and evaluation capabilities of NAB. He said that Monitoring and Evaluation System provide the necessary data to guide strategic planning and helps improving performance and achieving results to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact. He said that Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) is an important management tool to track progress and it facilitates in decision making as well as establishes links between the past, present and future actions. He directed all concerned for further coordinate and decisions taken should be implemented in letter and spirit in order to further improvement in institutionalizing the support and supervision at different levels of management in NAB. He directed Advisor to Chairman on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) that MES System should be implemented in all the Regional Bureaus and NAB Headquarter at the earliest.
He said that NAB during the last 16 years has received about 3,26,694 complaints from individuals and private / public organizations. During this period NAB authorized 10992 complaint verification, 7303 inquiries, 3648 investigations, filed 2667 corruption references in respective accountability courts and overall conviction ratio is about 76 percent. NABís prime focus is on cases of cheating public at large by fraudulent financial companies, bank frauds, willful bank loan defaults, misuse of authority and embezzlement of state funds by Government servants etc. Since NABís inception, one of NABís major achievements has been the recovery of around Rs. 287/- billion of ill-gotten money which was deposited in the national exchequer which is a remarkable achievement of NAB.
He said that the figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2015 to 2016. The comparative figures for the latest two years are indicative of the hard work being put in by all ranks of NAB staff in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption is being taken as a national duty. Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB. The PILDAT in its report supports the position stated above as 42% people trusted NAB against 30 % for police and 29 % for government officials. The recent report of Transparency International also rated Pakistan in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 126 to 116 which is a great achievement for Pakistan due to Chairman NAB's efforts. The World Economic Forum and Mishal Pakistan according to Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum rated Pakistan from 126 to 122 this year which is great achievement of Pakistan due to NAB efforts.
He said that NAB has rationalize its operational workload and timelines have been prescribed for efficient, effective and expeditious disposal of cases putting a maximum limit of 10 months- from complaint verification-to-inquiry-to-investigation and finally to a reference in the Accountability Court. He said that NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from the country by adopting Zero Tolerance Policy for corruption free Pakistan. He said that NAB hopes that joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption and corrupt practices before happening with the help of all stakeholders, civil society, media and people at large.