CDA not bothered to verify employees degrees

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ISLAMABAD – In federal capital’s civic body, which is in grip of administrative delays and red-tapism, the process of verification of academic degrees of Authority’s officials and officers has usually turned into a ‘gigantic’ task for the city bosses.

The degrees verification process initiated over one-and-a-half years ago on the directions of the Cabinet Division is still limited to announcements of deadlines for submission of educational credentials and consequently their extensions.

In CDA, it is most necessary to verify credentials because some 3,000 people are recruited here against basic scale 1 to 17 during the PPP’s ongoing regime without even bothering to examine the original educational documents. “The matter of fact is that all these 3,000 people are given jobs on daily-wage basis relying on the photocopies they submitted of their degrees. Other than this, it’s also a culture in the Authority that concerned directorate even does not bother to verify the credentials while placing people against permanent posts,” said an officer of the Administration Wing.

Over the last several years many anonymous applications have also been received to the Chairman CDA office, where applicants providing sufficient evidence challenged the degrees of even higher officials of the Authority. But as there is no system in place to check such illegalities so far such applications usually find their place in dustbins.

While on the other hand, several deputationists are also working in the Authority and many of them get absorbed in CDA during recent past. The Authority never verified the degrees and other necessary documents of such officers.

A recent example unearthed when an officer namely Tanvir Hashmi, whose parent department is PTCL, not only managed to get position of Accounts Officer BS-18 in the Authority on deputation but also later absorbed in CDA Service on fake documents and degrees.

The CDA has recently served him a show cause notice but the aforementioned officer got stay orders from the court. Though the Authority took notice of this particular case and has decided to suspend that officer, it did not take any action against those CDA officials who are responsible for verifying such legalities.

The CDA Board during its meeting held on December 7 came up with a decision to strictly implement an earlier Board decision in this regard - where December 14 was selected as deadline for submission of educational credentials of the officers above grade-16 but only a handful of responses are received.

Now the CDA Board has directed the Administration wing to announce at earliest yet another deadline in this regard and if officials and officers of the Authority remain fail to response this time they would be suspended.

“Directorate of Human Resource Development is expected to issue a fresh circular for the purpose anytime within upcoming week,” CDA Spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said. CDA currently has over 17500 employees.

When asked for delay in issuance of notification, Mr Sajid said, the HRD Directorate was waiting for minutes of the Board meeting and that as soon as they receive it they would issue a circular in the light of decision.

As per rough estimates calculated by the Finance Wing of the Authority the whole verification exercise would consume Rs7.2 million. Earlier, the Finance wing in first phase had released some Rs0.6 million for the verification of degrees of some 1700 gazetted officers of the Authority, that is officers of BS-16 and above, but the amount was transferred back as it was not utilized in given time.

The amount was not utilized as only 60 officers responding the earlier circular had submitted their degrees while rest prefer to give a deaf ear to direction.


Courtesy: The Nation

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