ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has reshuffled 70 officials, including three director generals in what it claims to be an attempt to improve internal affairs.
“The officials have been reshuffled to improve efficiency and in response to complaints received about some of them,” said CDA spokesperson Ramzan Sajid.
Perhaps the most important head to roll is Ghulam Sarwar Sandhu, who has been made an officer on special duty and asked to report to the human resource directorate (HRD) for further posting.
Sandhu had been the director general of the planning and design wing for over two years. He was one of the five CDA officials who were held in contempt by the Islamabad High Court earlier this year for violating the court’s order that barred CDA staff from meeting Faisal Sakhi Butt, the chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Islamabad at the time. He was also arrested from the courtroom and sent to Adiala Jail for a day for his contemptuous attitude during court proceedings.
In addition, he had been linked in the past with facilitating the Bahria Enclave project and dubious allotments in the Kuri Model Village project, which is being investigated by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
In another tale of transfers, Rawal Khan Maitla has been made the director general of the law directorate. Maitla will replace Habibur Rehman, who has been demoted to the post of deputy director general in the same directorate. Maitla, a BPS-20 officer, was formerly the director general of the civic management. He will be replaced by Fawad Anwar Khan, a BPS-19 officer who was waiting for posting.
Moreover, Nadeem Akbar Malik, CDA board secretary, has also been removed, while Aftab Alam Khan, director staff to the chairman, has been given the additional charge of the board secretary, according to the HRD notification issued on Monday.
More than half of the shuffled officials belong to BPS-17.
Cars brought home
In a parallel development, the civic agency has taken back 291 official vehicles which were allegedly being used for private purposes. Some of the vehicles were in the personal use of CDA employees and were parked at their houses, The Express Tribune has learnt.
Sajid said 134 of these vehicles were double cabins, and the CDA will save Rs47 million in repairs, maintenance and fuel expenditures by using them for a common pool of cars.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2012.