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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday unveiled a dedicated web portal for citizens to know about the performance of all tiers of the government through the use of information technology.
The web portal has been prepared by the performance management cell (PMC) at the chief secretary’s office in collaboration with the Directorate of Science and Information Technology.
Briefing mediapersons at the Civil Secretariat, chief secretary’s personal staff officer Farrukh Atiq and deputy coordinator (technical) reforms implementation cell Dr Altamash Janjua said that that PMC would manage the web portal entailing information about the performance of the district governments and provincial departments, polio eradication efforts and law and order situation. It would also facilitate online file tracking system, monitoring of annual development programme, deputy commissioner e-office and GIS-based analysis of social services delivery in the province besides carrying reports of the independent monitoring unit about the health and education departments.
Mr Atiq said that the new system would help in effective service delivery to citizens, promote accountability and transparency in government functioning, support better governance through e-governance and ensure a culture of quantified performance management for government employees.
Officials say step to lead to greater transparency in govt affairs
He said that the system was aimed at making information about the work of government functionaries accessible to public. He said that the government was also sending teams to the districts off and on to substantiate the data uploaded to the service by the DC offices across the province and even some officials had been panelized on the basis of such data.
He said that the initiative would help foster a digital culture that would lead to greater transparency in government affairs. He said that the system would be formally launched by the chief minister soon.
Dr Altamash Janjua said that they were also introducing a smart phone application, which was available for download at the citizen portal. He said that through this App, people could submit complaints supported by the video, pictorial and audio evidence of any issue related to the government affairs. He said that in case the DC office did not take that complaint into account it would automatically reach the commissioner’s office. (source: Dawn, October 15th , 2015)
PESHAWAR: An unprecedented number of police officials of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police have been awarded punishments on multifarious grounds since October 2013, a document obtained by DawnNews reveals.
It is the first time in Pakistani history that senior level-officers including Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) and acting Superintendents of Police (SPs) have been removed from service on account of misconduct.
Between October 2013 and September 2015, 4,934 police officials have been either removed from service or awarded other punishments on disciplinary grounds, the document shows.
The policemen include 15 DSPs and acting SPs, 44 Inspectors, 328 Sub-Inspectors, 321 Assistant Sub-Inspectors, 385 Head Constables and 3,842 Constables.
Of these officials, 10 DSPs and acting SPs, four Inspectors, 42 SIs, 34 ASIs, 51 HCs and 446 Constables have been removed from service.
All these punishments have been awarded after following due procedure of law.
Whenever a complaint against a police official is brought to the attention of the Inspector General Police (IGP), it is forwarded to three different agencies for verification and subject to an initial fact-finding inquiry.
This procedure is to be completed within 24 hours. If the official is found guilty in the initial inquiry, he is suspended and the initiation of departmental disciplinary proceedings are ordered under the KP Police Efficiency and Discipline Rules.
On completion of these proceedings, the delinquent official, if found guilty, is awarded appropriate punishment in line with the recommendation of the inquiry officer.
According to the KP police spokesman Riaz Khan, the effective internal accountability mechanism is a pre-requisite of bridging the ever-increasing gap between the public and police.
KP’s IGP Nasir Khan Durrani has developed an organised Police Access System to address public complaints within the shortest possible time. He also introduced the I-call system, establishing a round-the-clock direct link between himself and the public.
“Through the efforts of IGP Durrani, the KP Police Efficiency and Discipline rules were amended in 2014, resultantly empowering supervisory officers to initiate disciplinary proceedings against their subordinates and award them punishments,” Riaz Khan said.
“This was believed essential for effective and efficacious supervision. Prior to the amendments, a District Police Officer (DPO) was unable to punish officers above the rank of SI.”
Similarly, a Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) had no powers to punish officers of any rank. It rendered SDPOs ineffective while DPOs were reluctant to post Inspectors as SHOs.
Likewise, the Regional Police Officer (RPO) had no means to discipline SDPOs as the power to punish rested with the IGP.
A special appellate board has also been incorporated through these amendments for redressal of grievances of the police officials in a professional, transparent and judicious manner.
“The special appellate board consisting of the IGP and senior officers of the rank Additional IGP and DIG provides an opportunity of second appeal,” the KP police spokesman said.
Owing to the constitution of this board, the high courts have also taken exception towards deciding any appeal in favour of applicants, Riaz Khan said.