Saaf Pani CEO suspended for dirty work

LAHORE – Taking action on the complaints of negligence, inefficiency and irregularities in Saaf Pani Programme, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has suspended Chief Executive Officer Waseem Ajmal.

Senior officer Col (r) Maqbool has been removed from the service while Chief Procurement Officer Shabnam has been suspended. A high power inquiry committee headed by Chairman Chief Minister’s Inspection Team has been constituted to review affairs of potable water programme while Advocate General Punjab, senior officer Ahad Cheema and other senior officials will be included in the committee.

The committee will submit its final report to the chief minister within next few days. On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister, the matter of inquiry of financial irregularities in Saaf Pani Programme has been handed over to anti-corruption which has started investigation in this regard.

He said that inefficiency, negligence and irregularities have been done in the hard earned money of the people of the province as a result of which resources have been wasted ruthlessly which is unpardonable.

Shehbaz Sharif said that criminal negligence has been displayed in the affairs of clean drinking water programme and the responsible have wasted the precious time of Punjab government. He said that those officers who have displayed negligence have no right to remain on the posts.

The chief minister said that he is answerable to Allah Almighty as well as people of province and those officers who have delayed this public welfare mega project will be held accountable. It is intolerable that criminal negligence should be conducted in the project of provision of potable water to the common man and the responsible officers remain on their posts, he added.