ACE asked to probe corruption charges against health CEO.


MULTAN -- The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) director general has asked the ACE Multan to initiate an inquiry into corruption charges against District Health Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr Munawar Abbas.

The direction for the inquiry into the matter under Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment Rules 2014 the ACE DG, was issued in a letter to the ACE Multan director on Dec 19.

Complainant Muhammad Sharif Ansari had alleged that Mr Abbas used to seize the administrative and financial powers of senior officers and relegate these powers to junior officers (of which he did not have authority) and later, he would get millions of rupees by keeping the junior officers under pressure. He was also allegedly involved in bogus appointments, bogus promotions of the employees and embezzlement of funds through fake tours and maintenance of vehicles.

The complainant alleged that Epidemic Control Programme district coordinator Dr Attaur Rehman, a mere medical officer, was given the additional charge of Integrated Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Nutrition Programme while he was also given the powers of deputy of deputy district officer of which the CEO had no authority while there were many of BPS-18 and 19 officers who could be assigned this additional duty.

Action taken on complaint that levelled multiple allegations against the CEO

He stated that a vehicle owned by Dr Rehman was being used by the family of Dr Abbas of which fuel and maintenance expenses were being paid by the government.

He alleged that Mr Abbas had received Rs1.8m from the employees of...

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