New govt may announce abrupt reshuffle in CDA

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  • PTI officials say all high profile officers will not be appointed on political, reference basis

ISLAMABAD: A major reshuffle is expected in the Capital Development Authority (CDA), including a five-member board, soon after the formation of a new government, most likely headed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led coalition.

Due to the retirement of a CDA planning member, the post is lying vacant whereas the position of the administration member is still vacant and the post of the environment member is already vacant. In addition to this, several (CDA) departments such as the planning, estate, land, disaster management and building control are allegedly involved in corruption and plundering.

Most of the officers have been posted on their present seats for the last 10 to 15 years which is the main cause of the corruption. With the formation of the new government, sources said that an effort would be made to set right direction of the federal capital because the masses reposed confidence in the PTI and its leadership during the general elections.

The PTI-led government will give priority to address problems of the people through major changes in the institutions of Islamabad. As the CDA is among the most important institutions in the capital, the upcoming ruling party will bring the chairman and the board members of its choice, followed by screening of the officers involved in corruption.

PTI officials said that all high profile officers of the institutions will be appointed on the basis of merit but not on political and reference basis. In the CDA, appointments and transfers have always been made on the basis of reference from the federal government. For the last five years, four chairmen have been posted in the authority. For most of the time, Sheikh Ansar Aziz, a contractor, has been elevated as the mayor and given the additional charge of the CDA chairman, who appointed inexperienced officers on the basis of references and recommendations.

The CDA head inflicted the institution losses and indebted to the tune of billions of rupees. The party officials said that the masses have lost confidence in the institutions. According to analysis, the three sections of the federal capital have reposed confidence in PTI Chairman Imran Khan during the general elections. In the urban areas, water is the major problem whereas the residents of slum areas are facing lack of basic facilities like water, gas, electricity and construction of the houses.

The rural areas of Islamabad face the problems of natural gas, sewerage and water. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, a former CAAD minister, has been rejected by the masses due to his failure to deliver in his constituency during the last 10 years. If the PTI-led coalition government has not given due attention to the public problems, then it should read the writing on the wall.