55 CDA officials issued show-cause notices

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Thursday issued final show-cause notices to 55 officers in grade 16 and above who failed to submit their educational credentials for verification despite repeated reminders.

In 2011, the civic agency started a process to verify the degrees of its employees.

However, due to the negligence of the civic agency the procedure could not be completed so far.

A source in the CDA told Dawn that the 55 officers had been using delaying tactics to hand over their educational credentials to the degree verification cell.

Through the notices, the officers were directed to show cause in writing within 14 days as why a plenty, including dismissal from service, may not be imposed on them.

“Today, with the permission of CDA Chairman, we have issued show-cause notices to officers who have not submitted their degrees, the officers in question have been given 14 days to submit their reply,” said Asif Shahjahan, Secretary CDA Board, who also heads the degree verification cell.

The source said the delaying tactics used by the officers and the lax attitude of the CDA towards them strengthened the view that the officers did not possess the required degrees and joined the CDA on the basis of forged educational credentials.

“May be few officers have genuine reasons but majority of the cases are of fake degrees,” said an official of the CDA who requested not to be named.

The salaries of around 20 officers have already been stopped for two months.

The civic body had initiated the process to verify the degrees of its 17,000 employees (15,000 non-gazetted and 2,000 officers) after reports that some of the staff members had submitted fake educational certificates. Later, the process slowed down till last year when the CDA expedited it and issued reminders to all the employees.

During the seven-year-long process, the CDA got verified degrees and certificates of a majority of its employees.

“The process of degree verification should have been completed within the shortest period of time. I can’t comment on the previous years but it was the incumbent management which expedited the process,” CDA spokesman Mazhar Hussain told Dawn.

He said the CDA had already taken action against the non-gazetted officials whose certificates were found to be bogus.

“Let me make it clear that strict action would be taken against any officer whose degrees would be found fake,” the spokesman said.