Islamabad - Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar has said that elimination of corruption is imperative for attaining national progress.

He was of the view that joint efforts are required to root out the menace of corruption from society. He said this while talking to NAB’s Director General (Awareness & Prevention), Aliya Rashid, who called on him at his office yesterday.

The visiting guest underscored the need for a concerted effort in creating awareness against the menace of corruption and invited NHA to join hands with National Accountability Bureau in its campaign ‘Say No to Corruption’ so that the message could be disseminated widely and more effectively.

The chairman said that NHA is fully endorsing NAB’s efforts as it is a national obligation. He emphasised on creating awareness against the ill-effects of corruption and said the societies without effective system of accountability and transparency cannot progress. He informed the visiting guest that NHA had initiated a comprehensive reform process under which the entire system was upgraded to make it free from manipulation. The procedure for award of works was streamlined. Similarly, powers were decentralised with introduction of multiple layers of checks and balance. He said that substantial amounts are saved in various construction projects by virtue of these reforms. It was decided in the meeting to jointly organise a seminar on the importance of transparency in national projects. The meeting also agreed to spread the message more aggressively through NHA’s advertisements and highway safety campaigns, said a press release issued here Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a two-day camp to check eyesight of policemen was held to ensure perfection in their duties on roads and also save their eyes from dust and sun by giving them tips as how to protect them. The camp was arranged by `Brien Holden Vision Institute’ at Security Division of Islamabad police. The eyesight of all personnel of the force including Security Division and Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) was checked by eye specialists along with paramedics. Special sessions were held to brief 4200 policemen about tips for protecting their eyes. Glasses were also distributed among the policemen free of cost and doctors advised them as how to ensure good eyesight.