Karachi – Employee’s Old age Benefits Institution (EOBI) fact finding committee after investigating job posting of 377 individuals on various officer and staff posts between 2009 and 2012 unearthed that, more than 23 thousand applicants were ignored to fill in these 377 posts.
These 377 posts were filled in illegally without carrying out any of the recruitment procedures as per EOBI (Employees’ Service) Regulation and/or EOB Act.
The committee was responsible to look into the recruitment of 132 officers in June 2010 where advertisement was released in April 2009. Furthermore, it looked into the absorption of 7 officers on deputation during March 2010, and contractual appointment of 238 officials from Sept 2011 to May 2012.
During the investigation it was found that initially 23,137 applications were received for officer and staff posts (19,195 for officers and 3,942 for staff posts) during 2009. EOBI received a number of 124 applications for the post of Deputy Director General, 158 for Director (Operations), 48 for Director (Law), 157 for Deputy Director (Office), 411 for Deputy Director (Operations), 2502 for Assistant Director (Office), 4345 for Assistant Director (Operations), 3925 for Assistant Director (Finance), 197 for Assistant Director (Law), 1646 for Assistant Director (Information Technology – Net Working), 491 for Assistant Director (Information Technology – Software), 542 for Assistant Director (Information Technology) and 3023 for Executive Officer.
During the process, Mushtaq Ahmed Samo – the then Secretary Board of Trustees – took additional charge as Head of Human Resource Department and working under the supervision of Dr. Imtiaz – then Special Assistant to Chairman – processed recruitment. Ruling over the prescribed selection process an order was issued to conduct interviews of short listed candidates directly however, as per rules and regulations (Clause 02.5.2.1(b) of the Operating Manual) all the applicants were to appear in a written test prior to the interviews. By June 2010, posts of Deputy Director, Assistant Director and Executive Officer were illegally filled without holding a test and appointments were issued, unearthed the committee.
Further into the investigation the committee found that 21 of these officers had irrelevant qualifications, 29 were acquiring required qualifications after the appointments, 8 lacked the post qualification experience and 21 were overage. It was also found that in order to delude Peshawar High Court restraining EOBI to issue appointment letters those recruited were sent appointment letters without any dispatch number.
Moreover, during March 2010 quota was ignored while absorbing 7 officers and staff working on deputation into EOBI. Similar regulations were found in the recruitment of 238 officials on contract, daily wages and contingent basis and the regularization of these employees from September 2011 to May 2012. These employees were recruited on the posts ranging from Grade 01 to Grade 09. Where, on many occasions, positions were created to illegally cater individuals and all the while more than 23000 thousand applicants were constantly ignored.
These facts were unearthed in Fact Finding Committee’s report. The Fact Finding Committee required to indicate irregularities and violation in hiring process comprised of Director General Audit Pervaiz Ahmed as Convener, Director General (HR & GAD) as Member, Deputy Director General (HR) Meraj Nezamuddin as Member and Secretary, Deputy Director General (IT) Ayad Ahmed as Member, Director (Law) Abdul Latif as Member and Ferozuddin Sheikh Assistant Director (Recruitment) as Member.