President for dispensation of speedy, inexpensive justice

President holds Education Ministry responsible for non-use of foreign grant

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi on Tuesday said that while dispensing speedy and inexpensive justice, religious values needed to be understood with right reference and context.
Laws are required to be framed keeping in view the largest good of the society coupled with fair implementation of law and proportional punishment and reward system, he added.
The President was addressing a group of students from Hamdard School of Law, Hamdard University here at Aiwan-e-Sadr. First Lady Begum Samina Arif Alvi was also present on the occasion.
He further stated that people deserved speedy and inexpensive justice but in reality, there were long delays in the dispensation of justice which violated the basic fundamental rights and had many social implications like mental as well as physical pain to the affectees and unrest in the society.
The President said that justice was of very little use if it was not dispensed in time as justice delayed is justice denied.
He highlighted that in Pakistan although efforts had been made to provide speedy and inexpensive justice but still a lot needs to be done.
The President added that the use of modern technology, DNA profiling and the adoption of scientific investigation methods and techniques could be helpful in speedy dispensation of justice.
He also stressed the need of imparting training to the parliamentarians to make them fully capable to contribute their qualified input in framing of laws which truly reflected the aspiration of people and had a positive impact on the society.
Meanwhile to another commitment, President Dr. Arif Alvi on Monday held the Ministry of Education responsible for criminal waste, inefficiency and irresponsibility for non- utilization of Germany’s grant of Rs. 13.707 million since 1993-94.
He stated that the donation, which was given 30 years ago for the purchase of paper to enable printing of cheaper text books, remained unutilized until today, while the government was asking for grants and loans internationally to meet its immediate needs.
The President directed the hitherto defunct Ministry of Education and now the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to conduct an inquiry, hold the people responsible, and take action against them according to law.
He cautioned the Ministry of Education not to shift the burden of such inquiries on the retired and expired people and directed it to submit the compliance report to the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) within 45 days.
The President observed this in his decision on the appeal referred by the Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) against the decision of FTO, a press release issued by the President’s Media Wing here said.
The President highlighted that the said money remained in non-profit bearing account for 6 years and nobody cared about it. Had it been any officer’s personal money, he would have not allowed even one day to lapse and would have deposited in a profit scheme, he remarked.
He pointed out that the loss incurred due to keeping the money idle accumulated to Rs. 17,490,730 which even exceeded the principal sum of Rs. 13.707 million. Moreover, even this loss could have been greater had it not been pointed out by the audit, he added
The President said that the forgotten money was deposited in Special Savings Certificate (SSC) on 23-07-1999 to 23-07-2014. During this time the government policy for SSC was for automatic rollover every three years that did not require investor’s prompting, he mentioned.
He further observed that after 23-03-2014 when automatic rollover of investment stopped, there was not a single individual in the Ministry of Education who cared about this money and the ministry let the entire amount remained idle without earning any profit.
The President termed the act of the Ministry of Education for non-utilization of principal amount and profit thereof which had increased to Rs. 54,265,500 as shameful as the money that was supposed to be used for the purchase of papers to make the school text books cheaper was parked in an investment scheme without any utilization it was intended to.

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