NAB decides to net ‘fish big’

Biased appointments in IESCO

Zeeshan Javaid

Islamabad—The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), brushing aside political pressure, has decided to net fish big and small involved in the alleged biased appointments in Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), sources revealed on Monday.
Sources in NAB informed Pakistan Observer that the concrete evidences regarding this particular case has been furnished, adding “the number of arrests including the former IESCO chief Malik Yousaf Awan, CEO and other big-wigs of the company is expected in near future”, he said.
A senior official of NAB on condition not to name disclosed that more than 2000 biased appointments in IESCO for BPS-6 to BPS-17 have been made in sheer violation of standard procedures during the ongoing tenure of incumbent democratic regime, adding “some of senior politicians of ruling party may also face the wrath of investigation for facilitating allegedly their near and dears on political grounds in the company”, he added.
The recently on growing development in this particular case, particularly after establishment of glaring irregularities done by the hiring agency, the Ministry of Water and Power directed the Islamabad Electric Supply Company Limited (IESCO) to quash all the recruitment done during the incumbent government’s tenure.
It was also revealed that Chief Executive Officer of IESCO has been communicated in black and white by the Ministry of Water and Power to remove all the freshly appointed officers and to start the hiring process afresh in accordance with the rules and policy ensuring transparency.
In a letter dated February 4th 2016, the CEO IESCO had been directed by the concerned ministry that in furtherance to the discussions held between the Board of Directors IESCO and ministry, the competent authority has been pleased to approve the following recommendations and directed to take immediate actions therein:
“The whole recruitment process made by IESCO be quashed in view of the glaring irregularities committed by the hiring agency as pointed out in the inquiry report and as earlier recommended by the Ministry. The services of all selected candidates be dispensed with immediately before completion of the probation period of six months. The BoD IESCO is accordingly advised to supervise and undertake the recruitment process afresh strictly in accordance with the rules and policy ensuring transparency”.
Earlier the ministry sacked CEO IESCO Yousaf Awan after an inquiry proved that he had illegally recruited 87 officers in the company. The report was submitted to the minister indicting Mr. Awan and others while secretary water and power recommended Awan’s removal. He was removed on December 9, 2015.
The minister was told that the inquiry ‘clearly established without an iota of doubt or contradiction that the recruitment process undertaken in the IESCO during 2014-15 (87 posts in total) was dubious, fabricated and illegal. The whole process, based on facts established by the inquiry committee, consisted of gross irregularities, nepotism and favoritism and was in sheer violation of services’ rules and advertised criteria.’
The BOD had left the entire recruitment process at the sole mercy of the IESCO management, miserably failing in its statutory duty of supervising and monitoring of the recruitment process.’ The inquiry suggested that the summary for the removal of IESCO BOD may be moved to the competent authority. Action to fix responsibility can be taken by a competent forum NAB or FIA.”

He was removed on December 9, 2015. The minister was told that the inquiry ‘clearly established without an iota of doubt or contradiction that the recruitment process undertaken in the IESCO during 2014-15 (87 posts in total) was dubious, fabricated and illegal. The whole process, based on facts established by the inquiry committee, consisted of gross irregularities, nepotism and favoritism and was in sheer violation of services’ rules and advertised criteria.’
The BOD had left the entire recruitment process at the sole mercy of the IESCO management, miserably failing in its statutory duty of supervising and monitoring of the recruitment process.’ The inquiry suggested that the summary for the removal of IESCO BOD may be moved to the competent authority. Action to fix responsibility can be taken by a competent forum NAB or FIA.”

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