NAB believes in Zero Tolerance Policy against Corruption, Chairman NAB

The Director Generals (DGs) Conference of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) continued on 2nd day which was chaired by Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudry, Chairman NAB at NAB Headquarter. The Deputy Chairman, Prosecutor General Accountability (PGA), all DGs of NAB Regional Bureaus and Headquarter participated in the Conference. During the second day of the Conference Enforcement Strategy (Operational Methodology) of NAB was discussed. All DGs of NAB Regional Bureaus and Headquarter gave valuable suggestions/views for further improvement in the performance of NAB.

DG Operations gave presentation on Operational methodology of NAB and informed that in 2013, NAB received 18892, in 2014, 19989 complaints, in 2015, 30004 complaints and in 2016 till September 30, 2016 NAB received 25770 complaints. This shows trust of peoples have increased upon NAB. He informed that as per operational methodology, all complaints/cases are expeditiously completed within timeline on merit and transparently. It was suggested that an Asset Management and Tracing Cell (AMTC) may be established at Regional offices or at NAB HQ level for disposal of confiscated properties. A cell at NAB HQ level may also be established to verify and disburse claims in mega cases of cheating public at large*. *It was further suggested that there is a need to devise a mechanism for analysis of all significant cases (failed and successful) in line with good national and international practices, so that Investigation Officers be provided an insight about the causes of failure and success in terms of lessons learnt. The analysis may bear required evidence, dos and don'ts and future course of action.

Chairman NAB said that we have to redouble our efforts to come up to the expectations associated with NAB. He appreciated the hard work and commitment shown by all ranks of NAB officers/officials towards their national duty particularly in the last two and half years. He said NAB has prosecuted corrupt and has recovered looted public money since its inception *Rs. 278 billion* which is a great achievement. He said the increase in applications to NAB is reflective of people's confidence in our work.

DG A&P gave detailed presentation on Awareness and Prevention campaign of NAB. Chairman NAB said that NAB has decided to involve and sensitize youth thorough its holistic and innovative proactive approach of Awareness and Prevention. He said NAB in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Over 42,000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) have been established by NAB in universities and colleges to create awareness against corruption as youths are considered a vanguard in this fight. He said that NAB has organized lectures, workshops, seminars, held essay writing competitions, declamation contests, poster / painting competitions in educational institutions and organized awareness campaign with cooperation of PEMRA, PIA, PTA, Islamabad Traffic Police, State Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Post, PCB and PHF.

Advisor on Monitoring and Evaluation System (MES) gave presentation on the working of MES System. He said NAB has developed an effective Monitoring and Evaluation System catering the needs of all concerned having salient features of maintenance of data at each stage including complaint entry, complaint verification, inquiry, investigation, prosecution stage and record preservation of Regional Board Meetings and Executive Board Meetings including case brief, decisions made and list of participants attended the meeting with time & date and setting up of an effective Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System and ability to analyze data in qualitative and quantitative form having warnings and alarms system for violators.

The Chairman NAB, Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that NAB strongly believes in Zero Tolerance Policy against Corruption. He said that NAB's Anti-corruption campaign is carried widely for Awareness and Prevention besides Enforcement during 2015 which will continue in the year 2016. He said that NAB hopes that joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption and corrupt practices before happening with the help of all stakeholders, civil society, media and people at large.

Source: National Accountability Bureau