Sharjeel for weeding out ghost employees from local, water bodies

September 17, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon has decided to evolve a mechanism to weed out ghost employees from local bodies and water boards by changing the procedure of payment of salaries.

Presiding over a meeting of local government, its attached and subordinate departments, here on Thursday, the minister said that the Sindh cabinet had already decided to remove ghost employees from the payroll of all the departments.

In the first phase, the local government minister has given two months to all the employees to make their smart cards from NADRA for payment of their salaries and in the second phase, salaries may be released through AG Sindh for which working was in progress.

He asked the secretary local government to direct employees of all the local bodies, including water boards, to make their smart cards from NADRA within two months, in case of failure salaries would be stopped forthwith.

Memon also directed Secretary Local Government Sajad Abbasi to hold a joint meeting with Secretary Finance and Accountant General of Sindh to explore ways and means to bring local body employees in the fold of AG Sindh. “Like other departments I want AG Sindh should also release pay, pension and gratuity of local body employees. This is the only way to trace out ghost employees.

He has also decided to computerize record of all the local bodies employees for which a special cell to be set up in the local government department.

In the same meeting, Memon has directed all the local bodies working all over the province to observe a `cleanliness month’.

During the cleanliness month the local bodies would launch special drive to sweep their respective areas properly and remove filth and garbage at the designated areas, the minister decided.

“I am unhappy with the cleanliness work. It seems as if the local body employees have stopped working. I want you to wake up and perform your duty honestly,” the minister said and added that he would take strict action if he witnessed choked gutter gushing water onto the streets anywhere in the province.

He also urged the municipal staff to ensure proper cleaning of the open drains.

Memon has also directed the local bodies to remove encroachments from their areas. “I would start visiting all the divisional headquarters from the next week just to see your action against encroachments.”

He directed the secretary local government to issue a clear directives to all the DMCs and TMAs to start anti-encroachment drive.

The minister observed that some illegal hydrants were still operating in the city. “It is intolerable,” Memon said and directed the MD KWSB to make a list of illegal hydrants and consult with the newly formed Citizen committee and take action against them.

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