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Accountability process to be transparent, says official

Accountability process to be transparent, says official

KARACHI: The government has decided to pursue a multi-pronged strategy to ensure above-board accountability and rid government departments of corrupt officials responsible for bringing a bad name to the government. This was stated by newly appointed chairman of the Enquiries and Anti-corruption Establishment Sindh, Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah on Monday while presiding over the first meeting of department officials at his office.

He said the message must be loud and clear to all and sundry that the accountability process would be carried out in a completely transparent manner, adding that officials of the department must be upright and honest. No one should dare raise a finger at ztheir professional integrity and honesty and this principle should not be compromised, he added. He also said that officials would be held responsible for the misdeeds and corrupt practices of their staff.

The chairman said that all the secretaries of provincial departments would be approached by him personally to furnish all cases pertaining to corruption. As corruption scandals and scams were being reported by the print and electronic media, he insisted on being vigilant and acting before such scams are reported in the media, tarnishing the image of the relevant department and the government.

He made it clear that it was the mandate of his department to investigate financial corruption and corrupt practices prevalent in all provincial departments and in order to achieve the stipulated goals, the working of the department was being streamlined with disciplinary action to be initiated against any officials found indulging in the use of influence.

Mr Shah assured officials a free hand to take action in all relevant matters, however, no one should be victimised, he added. He also said that a programme aimed at training and capacity building of officials would soon be chalked-out. He directed the circle officers to maintain a profile of their respective districts and update their progress in cases to be reviewed by him every month.

The meeting reviewed pending cases, process of prosecution, rate of conviction and other related matters. The meeting was attended by anticorruption director, deputy director, and circle officers from across the province.

Published in Dawn, July 28th, 2015

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