Recovery drive: Govt departments try to get their goodies back

Published: March 31, 2013

Cars, computers and fax machines still not returned by ex-ministers, advisors. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Election season seems to have turned into recovery season, as government departments turned to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to help get their defaulted payments or hardware back.

Case in point is a Photostat machine that was issued to former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf during his stint as Minister of Water and Power and installed at his camp office.

He was subsequently removed and replaced but the machine was never returned. Now, a section officer of the ministry has approached the ECP to finally try and get the photocopier back.

Earlier, the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) told the ECP that Ashraf was at the top of the list of defaulters as he owes Rs454,440 from when he was minister of information technology and also owes Rs173,324 against a telephone line at his flat in the Minister’s Enclave.

The Water and Power Ministry also told the ECP that former minister Syed Naveed Qamar had to return a computer, a printer and a fax machine.

Ministers aside, an ex-special assistant to the prime minister has to return a Staff Car (Toyota Corolla), laptop, photostat machine, Computer set with speakers, a 17-inch monitor, printer, UPS, fax machine and a Television set.

The ECP had earlier announced that anyone who is guilty of outstanding utility bills will not be eligible to participate in the upcoming polls. Various authorities are now making lists of defaulters to enable recovery before the elections.

The Ministry of Water and Power also sent a list of 360 lawmakers who have defaulted on electricity bills to the ECP, including former prime minister Ashraf. Other defaulters included over a dozen federal and state ministers.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2013. 

Reader Comments (11)

  • Baby ka Husband
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:07AM

    They were not ministerial material. They are thieves that’s why they did not return tax-payer paid items. Now the intelligent Pakistanis will vote them back into Power.

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  • bilal
    Mar 31, 2013 - 10:56AM

    oh don’t worry we will again elect you people to loot the remaining Pakistan. speak for change

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  • Mar 31, 2013 - 11:40AM

    Cheap mentality of our politicos. Third class, cheeeeech! Very low quality humans. Shame on us for voting them on a SYMPATHY VOTE.

    The solution is to compile a comprehensive list of all dues outstanding, loans defaulted / written- off, assets to be returned, taxes not paid, cases pending, and any other misdemeanor that is outstanding against them. A special supplement (zameema) should be published by all the newspapers and widely broadcast/telecast on electronic media. Salams

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 31, 2013 - 11:49AM

    At the time of handing over of office equipment and other facilities, a list of inventory should be made and signed by the concerned minister.

    At the time of leavening the office, the concerned minister should hand over the equipment and other facilities to the concerned department.

    Unfortunately, in our system, nobody is answerable to any body, unless a case is initiated in the court of law and the concerned departments cannot dare to institute such a case against their former bosses, thus resulting losses to national exchequer.

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  • Bilal Khan
    Mar 31, 2013 - 11:49AM

    Shameless people. How do these corroupt people make it to the top? We need change and we all need to vote this year to bring about change. Hint Hint ….Recommend

  • Waqas
    Mar 31, 2013 - 12:06PM

    Oh God!! Please help us get rid of corrupt politiciansRecommend

  • Hussain
    Mar 31, 2013 - 12:39PM

    only way to get rid of these corrupt politicians is to vote..!!! & vote for the non corrupt & we all know who is non corrupt in the upcoming polls…

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  • Taimoor
    Mar 31, 2013 - 1:22PM

    The list of defaulters should be made public, so that people know what they are in for.

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  • Hamid Khan
    Mar 31, 2013 - 3:33PM

    Shame on these crooks

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Mar 31, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Time has come to get rid of these disgraceful people.

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  • Hassan
    Mar 31, 2013 - 6:31PM

    Strange thing is that the people of Pakistan know who these corrupt individuals are, Yet they carry on voting for them, Whos’s at fault here?

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