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FDE directors enjoy double financial privileges
« on: May 07, 2010, 08:29:49 PM »
FDE directors enjoy double financial privileges

Islamabad, May 07: Most of the senior officers at the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) are enjoying double financial privileges by using official cars and drawing conveyance allowance simultaneously, it has been learnt.

According to the rules, a government official can either draw car maintenance/conveyance allowance or use the official transport. But in the FDE, most of the directors are enjoying both the facilities.

According to sources in the FDE, those who are enjoying official transport facility as well as drawing conveyance allowance are: director education, director schools female (car No GT-753), director students male (GD-008), director colleges (GT-221), director planning and development (GV-055), director administration (1DL-9862), director colleges male (IDD-1796), deputy director legal (IDB-2196) and director training (GT-977).

The federal secretary education had, through an official order issued on March 15, 2010, taken strict notice of the violations being practiced in the ministry and departments attached to it, including the FDE.

The order read: "It has been noticed with serious concern that the staff cars/official vehicles are being used by the entitled as well as non-entitled officers of the ministry of education, its wings, subordinate officers, and attached departments."All such officers using official vehicles/staff cars should surrender their conveyance allowance with effect from July 2009," it added.

The order, however, could not make these officers surrender their conveyance allowance to date and neither the FDE has made any response to the directive.

"The order was received a month back but the usual practice is continuing in the directorate. Copy of this order was not even circulated among the officials for implementation," said an FDE official seeking anonymity.

He said not all the officials availing the privilege were entitled to it. Some of them are in BS-17 and 18 and working in the FDE on deputation, he added.

Besides, the transport facility is also being misused by the families of these officers. The official said that children and spouses of these officers independently used the vehicles for multiple purposes, like picking and dropping in schools or for shopping."There are also directors using more than one official vehicle. They keep the official vehicles in their possession even after office hours, which is again a violation," he added.

As per rules, government vehicles should be parked on the office premises after working hours. However, all the vehicles used by these directors remain at their residences

When contacted, some of the directors maintained that they were not aware if they were violating any rule. They also denied that they were misusing official vehicles.

Ms Tanveer Kiyani, the spokesperson for FDE, acknowledged that an official letter from the education ministry seeking recovery of conveyance allowance from all those using official vehicles had been received by the FDE.

"I am not aware of the whole issue as I have joined the office recently, but a letter from the education ministry was received by the FDE in this regard," she confirmed.

To a question, she said the use of government vehicles by non-entitled officials was not very common as the directorate lacked transport even for its entitled staff. Dawn