ISLAMABAD, Sep 30 (APP): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Friday directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to
initiate formal investigation against former chairman NADRA Imtiaz Tajwar for alleged irregularities committed during his stint.
The interior minister, who was chairing a board meeting here
also ordered FIA to investigate within a week the matter of a
rented building hired for National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Islamabad besides the renovation estimates given by NESPAK causing gross financial dent to the authority.
“I am disturbed by the fact that NADRA has taken a rented
building for Rs 4.5 million per month and has already paid advance rent for 18 months with shady contract clauses,” he said.
Chaudhry Nisar said it was sad to know that public money was doled out for just shifting NADRA offices to a location in Islamabad, where NADRA had been paying the rent since March 2016 and still its staff was yet to move to the new rented premises.
“It is also mind boggling to look at the renovation cost put in
by NESPAK and the matter needed immediate investigation by the FIA,” he said.
“The FIA should investigate the matter and submit a detailed
report within a week,” he added.
Taking stock of financial and administrative mismanagement in NADRA, the minister with the consent of NADRA board, also formed two committees comprising senior officials from the ministry and NADRA board members to review the financial and administrative powers of chairman and senior management of NADRA.
The committees would give a way forward for better financial and administrative measures that would be put in place for transparent and efficient working of NADRA.
To maintain transparency and quality human resource at the
senior level, he directed security clearance of all director
generals and general managers of NADRA from Intelligence Bureau and Inter Services Intelligence.
The minister also extended amnesty scheme being offered during the ongoing re verification drive to another month, owing to impressive response received from aliens returning their Pakistani Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) on voluntarily basis.
Expressing dissatisfaction over NADRA’s working, especially
behavior of its officials with public, he said NADRA needed to facilitate people, especially in Karachi since he had received a number of complaints from the southern business capital of the country.
During the meeting the interior minister was informed that so
far 90.5 million CNICs had been verified. Around 58,000 aliens/intruders had been identified so far during the ongoing campaign.
The minister observed that despite administrative and
financial autonomy, NADRA could not meet up my expectations regarding service delivery and transparency.
He warned if significant improvement was not witnessed within a month, changes would made at senior most levels.