The Revenue Department clinched the top position in corruption among government departments in Gujranwala Division during the year 2015. The police remained second and the TMAs got third position in the list of corrupt departments.

Director Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Gujranwala Division Rana Abdul Shakoor told the newsmen on Monday that the ACE received maximum complaints of corruption against senior and junior officials of the Revenue Department. He said that the complaints were received in all the six districts - Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala of the division during 2015. “The ACE also registered maximum cases against the revenue officials including Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars, Patwaries and Qanoongos over their alleged involvement in corruption, bribe, fraud, embezzlements and misuse of official powers,” he elaborated.

Rana Abdul Shakoor claimed that the ACE also arrested 275 corrupt officials including 17 those who were declared as proclaimed offenders (POs) during the outgoing year.

He revealed that the ACE received 3,000 applications against corrupt government officials belonging to different departments across the division during 2015. Out of these applications, 1,500 were found maintainable for further proceedings and detailed inquiries were conducted on these applications,” he pointed out, adding that the ACE registered 250 corruption cases in this regard.

The ACE Gujranwala Division Director narrated that the special judicial magistrates also caught 50 government officials of different departments, red handed taking bribe, adding that the 60 different inquiries against corrupt officials were also referred to ACE provincial high ups for further proceedings.

He said that the ACE also recovered Rs5 million from the corrupt officials taken by them as bribe from different people in this regard.

DCO ORDERS SURVEY: District Coordination Officer Dr Asif Tufail ordered the local TMAs and buildings department to carry out fresh survey to ascertain the actual number of old, dangerous and crumbling commercial and residential buildings, to be declared dangerous, in Sialkot district’s all the four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils here.

Addressing an important meeting of the officials of TMAs, the DCO also appointed focal persons in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur Tehsil Municipal Administrations (TMAs) for monitoring the special survey of the old buildings there.

He ordered the completion of this survey of the old and dangerous buildings within a week, besides, directing the officials concerned to ensure the use of android technology in this survey in this regard.