ISLAMABAD: In a unique case of its kind in the country, Chairman of the Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) gave himself a three-year extension in service, arguing that he did so because he was not compensated for the perks and privileges that he missed when he was removed on corruption charges but reinstated later.
Defying all rules and even a Supreme Court warning that extension in service to bureaucrats would be punished, Sadat Anwar Kambrani not only availed himself of extension in service but also issued his own orders for extension and appointment as the BDA chairman.
Documents available with The News indicate that top government authorities denied the extension in service and there are no official orders except issued under his own signatures. There is no official notification in the Gazette of Pakistan. Yet no one has removed him.
When The News confronted him with questions relating to this gross illegality and defiance, he said: “I applied for compensation for my sacking by the government under corruption charges in the NAB. I have been granted the compensation as I won the case against these charges.”
When asked why he sought reappointment and extension when he had already been compensated by paying him full salary for the period when he was not in the government service as a Grade-19 official, he said: “I was entitled not only to salary but perks too, which are now allowed and which could not be allowed if I was not in the government service.”
Documents made available to The News indicate that Kambrani was to retire on October 31, 2011 and he got his service extended from November 1, 2011 to October 19, 2014. These documents also reveal that extension in his service (after he was compensated by salary-payment) was denied by chief secretary Balochistan recording the reason: “How can I give such an illegal order” (as carried in a S&GD (October 27,2011) letter No S.VII-2(1)/Gen:/2011-S&GAD).
The secretary finance in his communication on the issue says: “The officer has been reinstated w.e.f the date of his suspension on disciplinary grounds, therefore, there seems no reasons for grant of extension to him.”
The chief secretary wrote: “If the government wants to utilise his services, this can only be done through contract appointment against ex-cadre position in some projects, Public Service Commission, Provincial Ombudsman Office, etc.”
Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, Governor Balochistan, wrote to chief minister Balochistan on November 21, 2011: “I am of the view that such extension will set precedence to other government officers in similar cases. The notification (of BDA chairman) under reference has been issued by the chairman BDA, who in the instant case is not authorized officer to issue such notification, being employee of the C&W Department. I urge you to look into the matter personally and issue directives to the concerned provincial authority to take action in accordance with its legal authenticity and subsequent consequences in case it is challenged in the court of law.”
Yet the surprising thing is that the man who gave himself a three-year extension is still sitting on his job, enjoying his salary and perks, whether legal or illegal, and the whole system looks helpless.