Sindh cabinet urges NAB to remit Rs1.59bn recovered under VR scheme


KARACHI: The Sindh Cabinet has urged National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to remit Rs1.59 billion to Sindh government which it had deducted at source 25 percent of the total recovery it had made through Voluntary Return scheme during the last 11 years. This emerged in the meeting held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at the CM House on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by chief secretary Mumtaz Shah, all provincial ministers, advisors to CM, special assistants and concerned secretaries. The meeting was told that Supreme Court in Suo-Moto Case No. 17 of 2016 and Balochistan High Court in CP No.1048 of 2014 have shown concern and issued directives for depositing recovered amounts under voluntary return schemes of NAB into relevant Public Accounts of Federation and Provinces. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) recovers the allegedly embezzled public money and retains 25 percent of the amount for distribution to its officials toward reward for service and for well-being of the department, the meeting was told. The meeting was told that during the last 11 years, 2009-10 to 2020-21 the NAB recovered Rs6,382,287,659 in VR and in other corruption cases from Sindh against which it gave Rs4,786,671, 308 to Sindh and retained 25 percent or Rs1,595, 571,920. The supreme court has already passed a decision that the NAB would deposit the recovered amount under VR scheme in the relevant public accounts. The cabinet after discussing the matter decided to request the NAB to remit Rs1.59 billion to the Sindh government which were deducted at source at the rate of 25 percent under Sector 25 of the NAB ordinance. Deceased Quota: The law department presented a proposal of eligibility criteria for recruitment under the deceased quota of legal heirs of government employees who died during service. The proposal is as follows: The deceased quota will be effective from September 2, 2002- the employee who died or invalidated prior to Sept 2, 2002 will not be covered for deceased quota recruitment.


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