ISLAMABAD: The tales of unchecked corruption in the Rs8 billion National Education Foundation’s Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) project are unfolding and besides 8,000 ghost schools, which have been unearthed, an ex-managing director had even caught an ex-minister claiming millions as fuel charges for vehicles in his use.
Kamran Zafar, ex-MD National Education Foundation, who is 70 and is in Intensive Care Unit of a hospital for the last two months, had intimated in black and white to the then secretary education about the grave corruption by the NEF Director Punjab and former Minister for Education.
Not only this, Kamran had also filed a writ petition last year bearing no. 1456/2011 in the Islamabad High Court highlighting the corruption in the NEF. Kamran Zafar on 05-04-2011 mentioned in his letter to the secretary that the ex-minister had claimed over Rs5m as fuel charges against vehicles he was using.
The letter reads: “The facts are that following reports of grave irregularities, financial corruption of millions of rupees in the salaries of teachers of Punjab, by Mr Faisal Shahzad reported to me by the Deputy Director NEF, Headquarters Punjab, it was decided to order an internal audit of the office, and for this purpose a two-member audit team comprising Ms Shumaila Samo, deputy director finance, NEF Headquarters and Muhammad Ramzan, accounts officer, was dispatched to the provincial office at Lahore. Faisal Shahzad, director Punjab, NEF Lahore refused to provide the audit record to the visiting audit team on flimsy pretexts, and eventually refused point-blank to facilitate the audit team. I have reasons to believe and possess credible information to the effect that the outgoing minister/chairman is at the back of this defiant posture adopted by the director. It is reliably learnt that he has used fuel worth over Rs5 million without authorisation for vehicles that have been in his and his family’s use. You will kindly recall that two vehicles, including one Toyota Land Cruiser and one brand new Toyota Corolla GLI are with him for the last almost two months and he is not willing to return these vehicles to us. This is being done with tacit support of the director NEF, Punjab, his hand picked man, who was appointed in BS-20 irregularly, although he had served in NEF Lahore in Grade-16 and then left the job.”
Spokesman for Kamran Zafar while talking to The News said that Kamran was in ICU and the allegations of harassment against him were mere allegations because a team of female employees had ganged up against him when he terminated them on corruption charges.
The spokesman said that it was Kamran who highlighted corruption in the NEF, including ghost schools, corruption in salaries of staff, misuse of vehicles and defiance of officers in Punjab. Documents available with The News also reveal that Kamran Zafar had requested the then secretary education to conduct a special audit of NEF Punjab because officers there were reluctant to conduct audit and were harassing the teams sent there to conduct the audit.
Though the former minister for education was not available but he, a few days ago, in an interview to The News had said that MD Kamran Zafar was a political appointee of former Prime Minister Gilani.