400 refresher courses conducted to improve performance: NAB

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Islamabad—National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has so far conducted around 400 refresher and capacity building training courses with help of local and foreign partners organizations. Besides, the Bureau has introduced a Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) for better career planning and human resource development.
Chairman NAB, Qamar Zaman Chaudhry while reviewing an overall performance of Bureau at a meeting on Monday said ten-month timelines for NAB operations has been introduced – two months for complaint verification, four months for inquiry and four months for investigation.
The other initiatives included revision of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), introduction of Quantified Grading System for objective performance evaluation, establishment of three Regional Bureaus at Multan, Sukkur and Gilgit-Baltistan, establishment of Forensic Science Laboratory, introduction of Internal Accountability Mechanism (IAM) and introduction of Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES).
Qamar Zaman said Bureau has constituted Prevention Committees on Capital Development Authority (CDA), Ministry of Religious Affairs, Agriculture and National Food Security, National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR), Press Information Department (PID) and also Prevention Committees constituted in provinces on Health, Education, Revenue and Housing.
The basic objective was to identify loopholes, suggest ways and means to plug loopholes and measures for improvement/strengthening regulatory mechanism of Federal and Provincial Governments for transparency, meritocracy, fair play and compliance of relevant laws/rules.
NAB’s Prevention Committee has forwarded its recommendations to Ministry of Religious Affairs which considered and worked aggressively to ensure better facilities and address problems of Hujjaj.
Arrangements made by Ministry of Religious Affairs last year were appreciated by Hujjaj.
The Chairman said NAB has prosecuted corrupts and recovered looted public money of Rs. 279 billion since its inception which was a great achievement. The allocation to NAB for its working since creation was Rs. 12 billion which was only 4.2 % of recoveries made by NAB. He said present leadership of NAB has taken a number of measures, aimed at correcting structural deficiencies, improving efficiency and create an enabling environment to achieve the objectives of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) which were revisited and revised to meet present day needs, transparent and merit based recruitment system has been introduced and 104 investigation officers were recruited on merit.
Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) was a process that helped in improving performance and achieving results to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact.
He said Monitoring and Evaluation System was an important management tool to track progress and it facilitated in decision making as well as establishing links between the past, present and future actions. He said the initiatives undertaken under the supervision of present leadership were bearing fruits/started yielding dividends resulting in optimal utilization of resources and improved efficiency. This has been acknowledged by independent monitoring agencies in country and abroad, he added.