Scrutiny: Gilgit administration searches for “Ghost” employees of WASA

Secretary Works, Faisal Zahoor, along with officials during the verification process at Lalal Jan Stadium, Gilgit

With reporting by Farman Karim Baig 

Gilgit, September 2: Administrators in Gilgit city, the capital of Gilgit-Baltistan region, are trying to find out non-functional, ghost, employees from out of a group of 1300 people working for the city’s water and sanitation authority (WASA).

The employees were gathered today at the Lalak Jan Shaheed Stadium, where Faisal Zahoor (Secretary Works) along with other officers checked the office records and reconciled the lists of registered employees with the appointment letters issued. The documents were verified one-by-one. in order to identify the ones who have been absent from work, while enjoying perks and privileges.

Faisal Zahoor told Pamir Times that the step has been taken to identify and dismiss the ghost employees. He said that the excess employees are a burden on the region’s scarce financial resources.

It is pertinent to note that people of Gilgit have been facing difficulties due to disruptions in supply of water. Many of the WASA employees are believed to be working in other parts of the country, while some are running their own businesses, while at the same time taking salaries and other perks from the government.

It has also been learnt that the employees may also be verified physically in the second phase of scrutiny.

The Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan has apparently issued strict orders to verify the employees and save the losses worth millions of rupees currently being incurred by the regional exchequer.

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