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Official vehicles given to 24 unauthorised persons

Official vehicles given to 24 unauthorised persons

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administration department has provided official vehicles to 24 unauthorised people, including retired employees and private persons, in the province.

Officials of the Accountant General Office, both serving as well as retired, whose job is to detect irregularities in government departments, are the largest beneficiaries of this government largesse, information obtained under the Right to Information Act, 2013 revealed.

The documents reveal that notices had been served on all the un-entitled officials to return the vehicles, but it was not clear if they had been given any deadline to comply with the notices.

The list also contains the name of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MPA Zareen Zia, who is not entitled to get official vehicle.

The MPA, who is a parliamentary secretary, was given official car in December 2014.

Similarly, former MPA from Upper Dir Malik Hayat despite being issued a notice has yet to return the official vehicle.

The administration department’s plea is that vehicles were issued to these people for temporary use but these individuals kept using them under different circumstances.

Notices have been issued to some of these individuals to return vehicles, while others will be given similar notices in a day or two.

The department claimed a van was handed over to Arbab Tahir of Awami National Party for Bacha Khan Markaz, the party’s central secretariat.

However, the secretariat denied receiving the official vehicle.

The unauthorised persons, who had been provided official vehicles are audit officer Abdus Salam, former accountant general Najeebullah Marwat, former accountant general Ahmad Rasool Bangash, deputy accountant general Jehangir Khan, superintendent of the AG office Tahir, account officer of the AG office Riaz Khan, director AG Office Bahadur Shah, former director general of the AG office Fawad and assistant accountant general Shahid.

Former director general (audit) Hashmat Iqbal has been provided a car and the department has served notice on her to return the vehicle.

Former secretary Amjad Nazir has been issued vehicle and he will be served notice.

Nasir, research officer of planning and development department is also among the unauthorised persons, who received vehicles.

Similarly, Shakeel, overseer for inspection of Nathiagali (Abbottabad) and Islamabad houses, has been allotted vehicle, while Bashir Sherpao of Pakhtun Student Federation is also among the beneficiaries.

Inspector of the Special Branch Shabir, former deputy secretary of administration department Rahim Khan and former account clerk Sanaullah have been provided with official vehicles.

Rahim was dismissed from service during the last government over misappropriation of funds and irregularities.

Sources said apart from establishment department other line departments were also misusing their authority and had provided vehicles to unauthorised persons. Even private secretaries of ministers and advisers were also using official vehicles, they said.

A senior government official said a Transport Committee Report furnished in early 2000 had stipulated official entitlement of vehicles per officials, fuel consumption entitlement and engine power (cubic centimeter).

According to the report, only the chief secretary is entitled to retain two vehicles but since most officials retain more than one vehicles and consume more fuel than their official entitlement or maintain vehicles of higher cc (cubic centimeter), officials from the AG office, whose job it is to detect such irregularities, look the other way, some of them in return for favours.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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