NAB recovered Rs 3 billion in 2013: report

ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has recovered an amount of Rs 3.125 billion through voluntary return and plea bargain in 2013, according to the annual report released on Tuesday.
The efforts of the prosecution wing of the watchdog resulted in conviction of 65 percent culprits in the accountability courts during 2013, according to the report.
“NAB received 18607 complaints in 2013. With addition of backlog of 1464, the number rose to a total of 20071 complaints. Out of these, 18,892 complaints were processed (converted into complaints verifications, inquiries, linked with cases, referred to other departments etc.) and 1179 complaints remained pending as on December 31, 2013. A total of 284 fresh inquiries were authorized, thus including the backlog of 589 inquiries the total rose to 873,” the report said.
“A total of 243 inquiries were finalised, whereas 630 inquiries remained under process. 463 individuals entered into VR and PB during the year 2013 and out of agreed amount of Rs 3149.985 million, Rs 3125.088 million (99.2%) have been recovered,” it said, and added that NAB recommended placement of 157 accused on the exit control list in year 2013.
“Awareness and Prevention Division of the bureau processed 363 projects including procurements amounting to Rs 220 billion approximately; 18 committees were established in all major areas of governance to improve performance.”
The annual report further says NAB also established 14000 character building societies across the country in different universities, colleges and schools. During the last year, NAB inducted 280 investigators through a merit-based and transparent recruitment process. 
They underwent seven-month rigorous training conducted by local as well as foreign faculty. This training was arranged at COMSATS University in Islamabad where state of the art facilities were made available and renowned professionals were invited to deliver interactive lectures on specialized subjects.

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