BAJAUR AGENCY, Oct 9: The Management of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has terminated services of 16 of its employees in Bajaur agency on charges of involvement in misappropriation of resources.
Action against the workers has been taken on the complaints of the tribal elders, an official of the NRC explained to FRC Reporter.
A senior official of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) told this correspondent on condition of anonymity that 16 employees terminated from their service were allegedly involved in several cases of corruption and kickbacks.
The officials said that the management had received various complaints from the locals about mismanagement of the staff working on different positions.
“To find out the corrupt elements a formal committee has been constituted by the management of NRC and the committee has initiated investigation against the workers,” he added
The officials said that according to the committee reports 16 workers of NRC among several senior staff members were found involved in misappropriation of resources and services resultantly they were immediately terminated from their service while the agency coordinator has been replaced.
“The workers were found involved in getting kickbacks, bribery and other benefits from the tribesmen for their work,” the official said.
The official added that the employees that have been terminated on charges of corruption had badly affected the reputation of NRC that otherwise was well-known for its Relief activities in the militants hit tribal regions.
He said that the NRC had begun rigorous monitoring of the activities of all of its employees because the management had been receiving complainants against its workers since many weeks, he said.
“No one would be able to violate the policy of NRC and strict action would be taken against culprits”, the official warned.
The official urged the tribesmen to cooperate with the management of NRC and share information on the activities of NRC employees who were working in different area of the agency.
Meanwhile tribal elders, political leaders, social workers and tribesmen of the agency have welcomed the action of the management of NRC taken against its corrupt employees and said that it would improve the efficiency of NRC.
Tribesmen also vowed to supports and cooperate with the management of NRC for the larger interest of agency.