No occupant returns vehicle despite Cabinet Division’s instructions

* CDA officers and political personalities including Punjab Governor and former advisor to prime minister Sardar Latif Khosa using CDA vehicles

ISLAMABAD: Unauthorised use of Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) vehicles by political personalities and CDA officers is continuing despite the Cabinet Division’s directions to recover the vehicles worth of Rs 20 million from the occupants.

Sources told Daily Times that not even a single occupant had followed these instructions.

It is learnt that Punjab Governor Sardar Muhammad Latif Khosa did not return a double cabin vehicle that was given to him when he was adviser to prime minister. According to letter No CDA-14(11)Genl/91/860 regarding “surrender of additional official vehicles”, CDA has given a Toyota P/Up D/Cabin bearing registration number GS-11 to Khosa.

CDA is facing severe financial crunch, but the management has not stopped unauthorized expenditures, due to which problems of the authority are continuously increasing, said the sources. They said presently CDA officers are using more than one vehicle although the rules allow them to use only one vehicle. CDA has also given vehicles to political personalities, which is another violation of law, the sources maintained.

Taking action on a Daily Times report about illegal use of CDA vehicles, the Cabinet Division had instructed the CDA management through letter No 6/1/2009-Acctts-III to address the issue of the unauthorized use of government vehicles.

CDA Environment Director General (DG) Sheikh Suleman and DG Civic Management Rawal Khan Maitla are misusing IDG-7408 Toyota Corolla car and HB-394 Toyota Corolla car respectively along with their authorised cars. DG Water Management Sanaullah Aman is misusing Suzuki car bearing registration No GB-48, Sub Engineer Roads-III Ather Ali Cuore car bearing registration No LZQ-679 and Assistant Director Road-V South Directorate Suzuki car bearing registration No GK-185.

Ex-Director Land Waseem Shamshad, who has been facing enquiry for allegedly being involved in corruption of billions of rupees in Kurri Housing Scheme, is misusing a car bearing registration No GH-192, Sanitation Directorate a Suzuki car bearing registration No IDD-8250, PMO Directorate Land Rover bearing registration No GD-909, E&M Maintenance Directorate Kalam van bearing registration No GG-909 and Enforcement Directorate Mitsubishi pickup bearing registration No APF-2007.

Deputy Director Khan Pur Dam and Deputy Director Works-II Mashooq Ali Sheikh are misusing Kalam vans bearing registration numbers GG-954 and GF-98 respectively. Many officers of different ministries and political personalities are also using official vehicles of CDA.