NGO collecting cash
instead of data?
The Punjab Health Department has cancelled a contract with an
NGO, ‘Nai Zindagi’ after a revelation of Rs 183 million
embezzlement by the organization. The NGO is also refusing an
audit of its spending.
to documents available with Express News, the Health Department
had signed a contract with Nai Zindagi on April 1st,
to the contract, the NGO was assigned to collect data of
people addicted to Morphine. Under the PC-1, about Rs 965
million were allocated for the project spreading over five
Health Department has constituted a five-member committee to
probe the issue and report in 15 days. The World Bank has
also been asked to halt funding to the NGO.
Nai Zindagi Executive Director Tariq Zafar says the NGO is
working in compliance with UN and World Bank rules. Zafar
rejected allegations of embezzlement, saying that the audit of
the trust is done on annual basis.
Express (May 23, 2010)