Friday, April 19, 2024

AGP Study Exposes Flaws in Government Employee Loan System

The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has conducted a special study, identifying significant deficiencies in the existing loan allocation system.

President Alvi had highlighted issues of transparency and merit, prompting the AGP to delve into the matter.

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President Alvi’s letter to the AGP underscored the need for a fair evaluation of the loan granting process, citing discrepancies in maintaining separate lists for loan allocation and the absence of clear criteria for prioritizing employees.

Instances of preferential treatment and violations of financial rules were reported, leading to grievances and legal disputes.

The AGP’s study confirmed these concerns, revealing violations and discrepancies due to non-compliance with established rules and procedures. Notably, loans were being granted without the approval of the Hardship Committee, and priority lists were not being displayed as required by the mechanism devised in 2015.

Moreover, the study highlighted the disproportionate allocation of funds, with a significant percentage earmarked for hardship cases and priority lists, contrary to the approved quotas.

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Manual processing of applications in certain regions was also flagged as a concern, urging a shift to the SAP system for streamlined processing.

Recommendations from the study emphasize the need to adhere strictly to the approved mechanism, framing clear rules for loan disbursement, and ensuring transparency through online list display. Additionally, the study advocates for a minimum waiting period for loan processing and the exclusive utilization of the SAP system for all cases.

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Zubair Yaqoob
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