National Accountability Bureau notice
NAB takes notice of corruption at Education Dept
Karachi, Aug 27: National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Sindh, has taken a
notice of a primary school teacher who is holding simultaneously two
separate government offices.
Rukhsana Siyal is serving at
Government Boys Secondary School Bhens Colony, as primary teacher while
she is also doing job at the same time at the Education Department of
Steel Mill also, a source in the NAB said on Wednesday. On
the other hand, the education department of the City District
Government Karachi has failed to take any action against the criminal
act of the primary teacher. An enquiry committee, comprising DO Semis
and Planning Hamid Kareem and Head Master Saleem Awan, has failed to
produce enquiry report.
Detection of another case of corruption and
dishonesty at the education department of the City District Government
Karachi has once again exposed the height of corruption in the
provincial and district departments of education. The source said,
"Abdul Hafeez Siddiqui, an official of the NAB, has requested EDO
Education through an official letter to provide information about
Rukhsana Siyal under the Section 27 of National Accountability
The bureau asked the EDO to provide appointment letter
of Rukhsana Siyal who was appointed as a primary school teacher in the
year 1984 and nowadays posted at Government Boys Secondary School Bhens
Colony. The NAB also requires a copy of office order No EDOE/ESTT/CDGK/
(588-91)/2006 regarding leave allowed to the said lady along her
joining report after availing leave."
A source in the education
department of the city government said that the said lady teacher had
joined the education department of Steel Mill in 1988 as primary
teacher; during this job she also got the residence facility from the
The source said, "The lady teacher is
well-connected in the education department of the City District
Government Karachi that is why the enquiry committee is not interested
so much to furnish the enquiry report to the authority concerned. EDO
Education Ibrahim Kumbher seems helpless to take any legal action
against offender of the government's service laws. The nation
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PhD criteria revised to 'accommodate' DMG officers
Lahore: The Punjab government has changed the criteria of selecting candidates
for foreign PhD scholarships, to accommodate District Management Group
(DMG) officers who failed to qualify in the first screening, sources
In June, the chief minister (CM) approved Rs
15.7 million for PhD scholarships to five civil servants, as
recommended by the Planning and Development (P&D) Board, the
Provincial cadres: The scholarships were
originally meant for the officers in provincial cadres but the CM's
Secretariat reserved two out of five for the DMG, the sources said.
to the basic criteria adopted in the first selection, candidates from
all administrative cadres must have a Masters degree from a foreign
university, should be serving in BS-18 and should be less than 42 years
of age, besides having 15 years of job experience in the public sector,
the sources said.
The DMG officers would be offered PhD
scholarships only if they serve in the province for eight years on
their return, the sources said.
In July, the sources said, the
P&D invited applications from suitable candidates belonging to the
DMG, ex-Provincial Civil Services (PCS), ex-Provincial Secretariat
Services (PSS) and the Provincial Management Service (PMS), all serving
under the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD).
to sources, eight officers applied for the programme, six appeared for
the interview and the board selected two ex-PCS officers.
sources alleged that no officer was eligible for the two scholarships
reserved for the DMG and a sub-committee headed by the P&D
secretary was constituted to revise the original criterion to
accommodate the DMG officers.
They said the sub-committee
revised the rules and recommended that the applicants must have 16
years of education and five years of service. The officers in BS-17 and
above would be eligible to apply with a maximum age limit of 45 years.
revision of the selection rules, the selected officers would have to
sign a bond to serve in the federal or provincial governments for at
least five years after completing the degree.
The sources said
the sub-committee revised the quota for ex-PCS, ex-PSS and DMG. In the
new criteria, one scholarship reserved for the provincial cadres was
slashed to accommodate officers of the P&D and the Finance
Department, they said.
The sources said two junior DMG officers
would be accommodated on the allocated seats after completing the
formalities, alleging that under the revised rules, the DMG officers
would unjustly use resources of the Punjab government to be eligible to
serve in the federal government.
The sources said applications on
the remaining three slots had been re-invited from suitable
P&DSecretary Rab Nawaz confirmed the revision of the
criteria, saying thatthe step was taken to make them more flexible. He
said the 15 years of service required in the initial criteria was
unjustified. He said the scholarship was not reserved for provincial cadres
alone and the DMG officers also had a right to go for higher education. Daily times
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