More 'yes boss', more money at UAF
FAISALABAD, July 4(Dawn): The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF)
administration has approved honorarium worth Rs4 million for its 'select'
employees for their 'extra duties' in the last financial year.
Sources say the administration has been awarding extra salaries
to its "favourite" employees for years citing that a provision of the UAF Act,
1973, empowers the vice-chancellor (VC) to give the prized honorarium to those
who work "in the best interest of the university".
But section 15 (4-II)
and (4-III) of the University Act contradicts the stance, saying the VC can
spend Rs5,000 for an unforeseen item not provided for in the budget and report
it to the syndicate at its next meeting.
Granting extra salaries to
favourite employees is not new to the UAF as a few former VCs often used this
method to 'reward' their subordinates with honorarium, a professor wished not to
be identified said.
Sources said a list of "favourite" officers had been
prepared by department heads with the consent of the treasurer and approved by
VC Dr Bashir Ahmed.
The administration has no clearly stated criteria to
assess the performance of employees to select them for extra
But a UAF employee knows the secret of eligibility for
remuneration. The more obedient one is to his or her boss, the more remuneration
he or she will get.
Those who benefited from this award policy included:
the registrar, the treasurer, deans and directors of several
Sources said acting treasurer Shahid Afzal Gill won the race
of honorarium by bagging six additional salaries. The administration justified
the act on the basis that he had been handling three posts - treasure, deputy
treasure and deputy registrar of the students record branch.
who were entitled to get four extra remunerations included: account officer Raza
Khalid, Umer Saeed Qadri, research director Dr Abdul Ghafoor, librarian Nisar
Jameel, admin officer Rana Muhammad Bashir, coordination officer Chaudhry
Zafarullah, project director Muzaffar Ahmed and assistant registrar
(establishment) Tariq Gill.
Registrar Chaudhry Mohammad Husain won three
Those nominated for two additional salaries are:
admin officers Altaf Husain, Nazar Husain, Abdul Ghafoor and Riaz Qadeer;
assistant executive engineer Muhammad Saleem; sub-engineers Rai Yousaf and Saeed
Awan; assistant registrar Abdul Hafiz and secretary to the VC Ali
Many employees with the budget section and Principal Officer of
the Pubic Relations and Publications Department Ishfaq Ahmed Mann were given two
Sources said most of the employees of the treasure
office, registrar office, controller office, research director, estate care
department and director advance studies were facilitated with one additional
Sources said most of the "beneficiaries" were given cheques last
week but owing to legal loopholes, they were asked not to withdraw
Lists of all employees and officers were prepared keeping in
view the policy of preferential treatment and the VC was apprised that all lists
were forwarded by the heads of departments and faculties.
Gill denied that he had got six additional salaries.
He said the
syndicate authorised the VC to approve remuneration for the employees who did
best for the institution.
He remained tight-lipped when asked how the
employees' performance was evaluated for the honorarium. He refused to provide
details of such people selected for extra salaries. He said the UAF paid fewer
amounts as honorarium as compared to other public universities.
said he had granted honorarium to employees on account of their services. He
said it was a legal way being adopted in the institution for years.
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