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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 Ordinance 1999.

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 said department.

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 said.

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 sources said.

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.

According 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).

According to sources, eight officers applied for the programme, six appeared for the interview and the board selected two ex-PCS officers.

The 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.

After 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 candidates.

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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