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Wafaqi Mohtasib appoints Ejaz Qureshi Grievance Commissioner for Capital Development Authority

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Islamabad, February 24, 2013 (PPI-OT): Mr. M. Salman Faruqui, Acting Wafaqi Mohtasib, has appointed Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi, a retired BS-22 officer, as Grievance Commissioner in exercise of power vested in him under section 7 of the federal Ombudsmen Institutional Reforms Ordinance 2013 (ordinance No. 1 of 2013), to investigate into public complaints against Capital Development Authority (CDA).

The appointment has been made in view of a large number of complaints received persistently against CDA. The Wafaqi Mohtasib’s Secretariat receives several complaints against the Capital Development Authority from the aggrieved citizens, either directly or through media reports containing allegations of corrupt practices, delays, illegalities, injustices to the citizens or the failure of the officials to timely perform the functions assigned to them.

After assuming the responsibility of Acting Ombudsman, Mr. Salman Faruqui has been striving to revamp the institution as well as introduce citizen-friendly reforms to ensure speedy redress to the citizen’s complaints about maladministration in any government agency.

The Grievance Commissioner will focus on ascertaining the root causes of a large number of public complaints about corrupt practices and injustice on the part of CDA and recommend appropriate steps for their redress and eradication.

The terms of reference, governing functioning of the office of Grievance Commissioner include: probe into the complaints relating to mal-administration in C.D.A and to identify the major areas causing grievances to the citizens based on the current complaints and the previous data (available in the Record Room and Data Centre of this Secretariat); investigate the cases relating to the major areas of mal-practices and to identify the causes and the modes of mal-practices; recommend appropriate action against the officials responsible for mal-administration and suggest complete mechanism for the rectification of the system so that such complaints may not recur in future.

The Grievance Commissioner will be assisted by an Assistant Grievance Commissioner and will submit monthly progress reports to Federal Ombudsman with a final report within a period of six months henceforth.

Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi, the newly appointed Grievance Commissioner, is a seasoned bureaucrat and has distinguished and meritorious credentials in public service. He joined civil service in 1972 and started his career as Assistant Commissioner and went on to serve as Deputy Commissioner; Provincial Secretary Home and Finance, and Additional Chief Secretary.

During his career, he served in a number of senior positions including, Chief Secretary, KPK and Sindh provinces; Federal Secretary, Railways and Environment; Consul General/Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Pakistan, Canada. Presently, he is working as Advisor in Federal Ombudsman’s Secretariat. Mr. Qureshi earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from University of the Punjab and also received a postgraduate Degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, USA.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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