Ghost govt employees to be sacked: Sindh Information Minister Memon
Karachi (July 31, 2012) – Sindh Minister for Information Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Monday the computerisation of data of government employees through the introduction of new smart card system will help the province save up to Rs 6 billion annually, besides eliminating ghost workers as detected by the Nadra.
Sharjeel Memon, while talking to the media after inaugurating the smart card system at the New Sindh Secretariat, averred that the government had fulfilled another promise of facilitating the people. “The new system would create at least 26,000 vacancies that would be filled in within the next three months,” Memon said while adding that pensioners would be able to draw their pensions from any ATM after being issued smart cards by the Nadra.Sharing details of the new E-system, the minister pointed out that a total of 0.410 million employees were registered with the Sindh government, of which 0.328 million had computerised national identity cards and 73,800 old national identity cards.After verification from the Nadra, the record of 21,438 new NICs and 20,000 old NICs could not be found and their holders were declared as bogus government employees, the minister said, adding that at least 16,665 NICs contained fictitious birth dates of their holders.Memon further said that around 1,264 employees of the various government departments had been found performing dual jobs. “Of these, the Nadra has so far blocked NICs of 638 employees.” The new system, he added, would help detect ghost employees and those doing multiple jobs after the verification of their national identity cards.The Sindh government had, in its report, disclosed that it was bearing Rs10 billion losses every year due to ghost employees and those doing dual jobs. It had also initiated a drive against ghost employees, setting up a committee under the services secretary. The committee suggested to the government to seek help from the NADRA to computerise the data of government employees. The government would sack them and start new recruitments, the minister said. Memon meanwhile criticised the policies of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in Sindh, saying that PPP workers were feeling that their leadership was being victimised. He said that Nawaz Sharif walked out on his party members and workers and left the country under a covert deal with retired army general Pervez Musharraf.