Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

NAB conference stresses need for strengthening regulators

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ISLAMABAD: Fourth Conference of Directors of Awareness and Prevention (A&P) of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) stressed the need to strengthen regulators.

Addressing the Conference, where the consensus of opinion was that regulators are weak; and that violation of PPRA will not be tolerated, acting Chairman NAB, Rear Admiral (Retd) Saeed Ahmad Sargana, briefed that NAB had formed 20 Prevention Committees to strengthen the regulators, remove cartels and bring reforms in various sectors including Health, Agriculture, CDA, and others.

It was also assured that regulators will be provided all necessary assistance by NAB so as to combat corruption, leading towards good governance. The issue of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and unregistered Medical Colleges was also discussed; whence it was assured that no illegal medical college will be tolerated.

He directed DG A&P to ensure this and, where necessary, resort to enforcement, while he directed all officers to counter corruption robustly and effectively.

Acting Chairman said Awareness regime of NAB is aimed at correcting ill habits of society through Education and Character Building so as to develop public opinion, and build the will to eradicate Corruption and Corrupt Practices. The major object of awareness is to transform the social attitude from indifference to abhorrence against corruption.

He also said, that under the provision of Section 33-B, NAB had been empowered to obtain all information and documents relating to agreements, contracts, undertakings and auctions made by any statutory public organization administered or controlled by Federal or Provincial Governments.

The pre-tender procurement processes are to be made compliant to rules to ensure for fair play since most of the corrupt practices occur at this stage.

Media role for spreading awareness was appreciated by the participants, as DG A&P Brig (Retd) Musaddiq Abbasi added that this war must be won with combined efforts by all, including media.
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