407 acres of Railways land retrieved from land grabbers

407 acres of Railways land retrieved from land grabbers

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways have retrieved 407 acres of land worth billions of rupees from land grabbers as part of its measures to eradicate corruption and ensure good governance in the department.
The department is also engaged in devising a mechanism for future according to which high value land would be leased out on identification of “In House Consultant” and through transparent manner to generate maximum revenues.
According to Pakistan Railways here on Sunday, the present government has adopted numerous measures to eradicate corruption and introduced a scrap policy to override corruption in sale of scrap. Scrap will be sold out through open advertised competitive bidding supervised by a committee of Principal Officers to ensure transparency.
The department said through consistent efforts of railway administration, the ticketless traveling has been controlled to larger extent while theft of electricity in Railway offices and houses has been controlled by raiding at odd and peak hours. 
Around Rs.17 million have been recovered during last six months whereas four FIRs have been lodged against main culprits.
Moreover, local purchase system is also being improved by issuing Procedure Orders to follow instructions of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PEPRA) and Stores Codes.  The department has introduced Automation System for Pensioners to eliminate ghost pensioners as a pilot project in Lahore and would be expanded to entire system.
Similarly, transfer and posting of choice which was a source of corruption, has been controlled through transfer and posting on purely on merit, efficiency and void of any political influence.
The allotment of houses, another source of corruption and mismanagement, has been streamlined and now houses are allotted strictly in accordance with priority list.
The procurements in railways including Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) portfolio used to be contractor driven and its priority was determined by the contractors, but now the PSDP projects are executed according to the priority of Pakistan Railways in the best national interest.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been involved and requested to accord top priority to investigate and finalise the Pakistan Railways cases.
Furthermore, as part of the measures, officers/officials of high integrity and good reputation are posted against key positions to ensure good governance and transparency in all discipline of the organisation.
The present authorities have also activated Railway Police to make off and on raid to detect corrupt practices and not only lodge FIR, but actively follow these in courts with full evidences for early finalisation.

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