No Naya Pakistan for income dept

Whereas PTI has cracke­d down on politi­cians, briber­y is rampan­t in govt wings like Islama­unhealthy’s revenu­e dept

While PTI has cracked down on politicians, bribery is rampant in govt wings like Islamabad’s revenue dept. PHOTO: FILE

Whereas PTI has cracked down on politicians, bribery is rampant in govt wings like Islamabad’s income dept. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis who purchased the present ruling occasion’s dream ‘Naya Pakistan’ believed the nation can be rid of corruption in a single day. However whereas the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has come down onerous on politicians suspected of graft, corruption in authorities departments carries on in any respect ranges.

Take the case of Islamabad’s income division. In accordance with sources, patwaris who work for the division don’t even present as much as work, outsourcing their duties to munshis (assistants) who demand bribes from individuals.

“If individuals refuse to bribe the munshis, they’ve to attend for weeks to get their work achieved.

A portion of the bribe cash additionally goes to tehsildars to expedite the method,” an inside supply on the income division informed The Categorical Tribune.

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Patwaris, in flip, pin the blame for his or her corrupt actions on their higher-ups. In accordance with them, their seniors stress them into turning a blind eye to bribery and don’t reward them for his or her ‘onerous work’.

Talking on the matter, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat mentioned his division acquired a number of complaints concerning bribery and immediate motion was taken towards these concerned.

A survey performed by The Categorical Tribune on the Citizen Facilitation Centre of the Income Division revealed that 5 of the places of work had been closed throughout responsibility hours. Absentees put up notes on their doorways citing completely different causes, together with accidents and courtroom hearings. Not one of the patwaris had been current within the patwar khanas and munshis had been doing all of the work as a substitute.

“We thought issues will change as quickly as the brand new authorities will take over, however sadly, corrupt practices, such because the acceptance of bribery continues so far,” Farhan Raja, an agitated citizen informed The Categorical Tribune. “Now we have lodged varied complaints towards the division and the rampant apply of bribery however they fell on deaf ears.”

Raja added that the one job the patwaris carry out is signing the paperwork that their munshis put together. “Now we have to pay Rs2,000 per marla for registration whereas the precise authorities price is way much less,” he added. “Likewise, they ask for Rs500 as a token price on the facilitation middle.”

Raja additional defined that the patwaris additionally intentionally make errors whereas finishing up the registration course of, and later demand cash to rectify the errors. “Folks have paid hundreds of rupees in bribes for the assertion of property switch and those that don’t bribe the munshis have to attend for very lengthy intervals of time,” Raja mentioned. “Some individuals find yourself giving bribe as a result of they need to expedite the method.”

Venting his anger and frustration with the income division and the rampant corruption, one other citizen Zafran informed The Categorical Tribune that the federal government ought to maintain the patwaris accountable as they’re main lavish existence and are paying a lot to their munshis.

“The place is all the cash coming from? The federal government ought to reside as much as its promised and look into the scenario as quickly as potential,” he mentioned.

When requested concerning the residents’ allegations, a patwari, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, admitted the complaints are real however added that patwaris have their very own issues which nobody takes under consideration. He defined that the explanation why many patwaris take bribe is due to flawed system. Many individuals are caught at scale 5 and haven’t been promoted.

“Even after 23 years of providers, many individuals are nonetheless incomes Rs35,000 which isn’t sufficient at the moment,” he lamented. “For the reason that 1880s, patwaris are nonetheless allotted solely Rs5 for stationery. It’s nearly unbelievable.”

Relating to the handing over of duties to munshis, the patwari mentioned that munshis are given duties by patwris due to a scarcity of employees within the land division as each patwari is given a whole bunch of information to cope with.

When approached, tehsildar Malik Naseer mentioned that the munshis are ‘trainee patwaris’. When requested why they’ve been working as trainees for greater than 10 years, Naseer mentioned that they don’t seem to be paid. He additionally denied the allegations of bribery.

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DC Islamabad Hamza Shafqat mentioned that new reforms have been launched within the land division and in response to guidelines, the sale and buy of land has been stopped with out the declaration of belongings.

“Now we have put an finish to all fraudulent actions, together with switch and mutation in zone three,” he mentioned. “We’re working to resolve the continuing land disputes and have efficiently solved 89 instances in 2018.”

He additional mentioned that if the patwaris don’t do their job, then residents can lodge a criticism towards them with the assistant commissioner in order that immediate motion could be taken towards the corrupt ones.

As for the munshis, Shafqat mentioned that the patwaris are allowed to maintain them as their assistants in response to the Land Income Act however the munshi system has been abolished.

“In Islamabad, there’s a scarcity of staffers due to which one patwari has to work on greater than 4 mauzas. Subsequently, they maintain munshis to help them. The apply of hiring them, nevertheless, stays unlawful,” he concluded.

Printed in The Categorical Tribune, July 23rd, 2019.

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