IGP irked over internal accountability backlog

Punishment record given to officials is centralised under IAB


Our Correspondent August 27, 2020
PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE:

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shoaib Dastgir is reportedly unhappy with senior officers for their inaction on the recommendations of the Internal Accountability Branch (IAB) for giving punishment to police officials.

He has written to the capital city police officer (CCPO), DIG operations, RPOs, DPOs and other officers concerned.

Dastgir had been working on the improvement of the IAB. Under the IAB, the punishments handed down to the officials had been centralised and a dashboard had been prepared, which was maintained in the office of additional IGP internal accountability.

Whenever a punishment was given over violation of discipline, it would pop up on the dashboard and come into the notice of the officer.

Similarly, if an inquiry report, complaint or implementation of a recommendation based a finding was pending, it would also come into the notice of the authorities automatically.

As part of streamlining the procedure, the IGP had held a meeting on July 24 and instructed the CCPO and DIG operations Lahore for implementation of orders of punishment of police officers on the account of internal accountability. The orders were reiterated in another meeting on August 6. However, the instructions once again went flat on the officers. To express his displeasure and highlight the attitude of indifference, the IGP wrote to the officers on August 24. The letter is titled, “Progress report regarding departmental action”.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2020.

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