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Agreement of Rs475 million to be investigated by NAB

ISLAMABAD: On Monday, a parliamentary committee stated a situation to the National Accountability Court (NAB) for the reward of Rs475 million agreement on the building of federal tribunal courts. The total was generated to be 62 per cent sophisticated than the estimated constructing cost.

A sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee held a conference at the Parliament House under Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang along with Azra Fazal Pechuho as the solitary associate of the committee.

Audit and Works Director General Maqbool Gondal expressed the group that Public Works Department Peshawar gave the agreement for building the federal tribunal courts complex in Hayatabad in May 2008 against the technical sanctioned estimate of Rs292.8 million.

“It was against the market rate, and was 62 per cent higher than the estimate,” he said. As per PWD codes, the maximum permissible limit for acceptance of tenders over technical sanctioned estimate is 15 per cent.

Documents reveal the departmental accounts committee (DAC) of the housing and works ministry had also recommended action against the executive engineer in 2014.

The housing secretary said the engineer was already behind bars and was being tried in several cases by NAB.

Gopang said it was a confirmed case of corruption and referred it to NAB for a thorough inquiry.

The housing secretary was also assessed for not improving Rs8.6 million in rent from an illegal inhabitant of government housing. The clerk responded the officer was on a foreign mission and had been inhabiting the official house for the past six years. In another case, Rs4.2 million in due amount were not healthier from seven borrowed shops of the housing ministry.

The committee members suggested the retrieval of the two unresolved debts along with a few others to be projected and the particulars communal in the next meeting.

Gopang stopped deliberating other audit paras of the housing ministry and told the officials to come prepared for the next meeting.