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PAC body suggests restructuring of CDA to prevent corruption


ISLAMABAD: Alleging that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is full of corruption, irregularities, and mismanagement, a legislative body on Tuesday advised the civic body to initiate internal restructuring. The auditor general of Pakistan office always raise billions rupees audit observations against the Capital Development Authority, while the Standing Committee of the National Assembly and Senate also raise objections over the authority. Having 70 directorates and more than 110 directors, it is very difficult for the authority to perform perfectly. Public Accounts Committee’s sub-committee convener Shafqat Mehmood advised the Capital Development Authority chairman to initiate the restructuring of the organisation and bring improvement in it. In the current circumstances, it is difficult for the civic body to perform properly. Professional study should be carried out for the restructuring of the body through a consultant. Drastic measures should be taken to make the Capital Development Authority an efficient department, the committee suggested. The additional secretary Cabinet Division informed the committee that the Capital Development Authority’s was badly treated during the last six years, which had affected its performance. The committee take up the Capital Development Authority’s audit paras, in which the official informed that that there are 12 audit paras in which nine cases are with National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for proper investigation, one in the court and two other cases. The audit officials said that in these nine cases, the corruption/mismanagement cost the government had to pay was Rs110 million. The NAB representative informed the committee that it has completed the investigation and the conviction has been made, but the result is zero. The court declared these corrupt officials as accused in 2010 and also imposed fine on them but they got bail from the court and did not deposit the fine. The official further informed the committee that the court had been extending the date of hearing for the last four years. The committee decided to write a letter to the court to speed up the case against those who looted the national exchequer. Additional secretary further suggested that penalties of these officials should be linked with their pensions. Through another audit, the sub-committee of the PAC was informed that the civic body had failed to provide record regarding the development works at Shahdra Head Works. The Capital Development Authority’s chairman said that the record is missing and the authority tried its level best to trace it but nothing has been found. The chairman admitted that the missing record means that someone is interested in hiding the facts in any particular work. Due to several cases of the missing records, the Capital Development Authority’s chairman informed the committee that the authority has begin the digitisation of the records which has been already initiated and gradually the whole will be computerised.

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