LAHORE– Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Punjab Director General Muhammad Gohar Nafees says the department has declared war against ‘Chai-Paani’ culture- a term used for petty corruption in government departments.
Quoting the data from annual report of ACE, he said petty corruption is rampant in public offices.
According to a statement issued from the office of the spokesperson to ACE Punjab, among all the reported cases of corruption across Punjab during the year 2020, 80 percent were related to petty corruption guised in Chai-Paani.
Issuing directions to all the regional heads, he said let there be a war declared against this menace . It is eating into the vitals of the government machinery. It is the major reason behind eroding public trust in public offices.
Meanwhile, in a crackdown against , petty corruption as many as seven officers and officials were arrested by ACE raiding teams involved in petty corruption including one Ex- Deputy District Accountant from Hafizabad, one ASI from Faisalabad, one clerk from Chishtian and four Patwaris from other cities.
Commenting on the drive against Chai-Paani culture, Muhammed Gohar Nafees said, it has seeped into public conscience as an accepted norm which has to be changed . People must report instances to undue demands from public office holders at the earliest to nearby ACE office for prompt action against such miscreants.— HANDOUT