Major reshuffle, vehicle misuse at CDA

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 24, 2012.

Islamabad – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) reshuffled 70 officials, including three director generals, on late Monday evening in what it claims to be an attempt to improve its internal affairs.

“The officials have been reshuffled to improve efficiency of the organization and in response to complaints received about some of them,” CDA spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said.

Perhaps the most important head to roll in the reshuffle is Ghulam Sarwar Sindhu, who has been made an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and asked to report to the Human Resource Directorate (HRD) for further posting.

Sindhu was the director general of the Planning & Design wing for more than two years. He was one of the five CDA officials, who were held in contempt of court by the Islamabad High Court earlier this year for violating the court’s order not to meet Faisal Sakhi Butt. Sindhu was also arrested from the courtroom and sent to Adiala Jail for a day for his contemptuous attitude during the court proceedings, the Express Tribune had reported in July.

He had been allegedly linked in the past with facilitating the Bahria Enclave project and dubious allotments at the Kuri Model, which is being investigated by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

In another tale of transfers, Rawal Khan Maitla has been made director general of the law directorate. Maitla will replace Habibur Rehman, who has been demoted to the deputy director general position in the same directorate.

Maitla, a BPS-20 officer, was formerly the director general of civic management and Fawad Anwar Khan, a BPS-19 officer who was waiting for posting, will take up Maitla’s role.

Nadeem Akbar Malik, secretary CDA board, has also been removed. Aftab Alam Khan, director staff to the chairman, will double as the secretary CDA board, according to the HRD notification.

More than half of the officials shuffled belong to BPS-17. They have been transferred across various directorates.

Cars brought home

In a parallel development, CDA spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said the civic agency has called back 291 vehicles, which were being put to uses other than the official sanctioned use. Some of the vehicles were in the personal use of CDA employees and parked at their houses, the Express Tribune has learnt.

Sajid said 134 of these vehicles were double cabins. He said the civic agency will save Rs47 million in repairs, maintenance and fuel expenditures by using the cars for a common car pool.

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