PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has initiated a probe into complaints regarding alleged corruption in the billion tree tsunami project of the provincial government.

According to a statement issued here on Thursday, a team of officers was constituted to conduct a probe into the alleged embezzlement of funds in the project. It was stated that in this connection a briefing was given by concerned officers of the forest department to director general KP NAB Farmanullah Khan. The briefing was attended by directors and other relevant officers.

A team of the forest department which briefed the NAB officials included secretary forest, chief conservator (Region-I), project director billion tree tsunami and officers of monitoring and evaluation, forest department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The NAB team asked questions regarding different aspects of the project such as allocation and utilization of funds, saplings and self-growing seeds, procurement of plants, procedure for plantation, free distribution, hiring of Negehbaan, procedure for payments, etc.

It was stated that the process of inquiry into the billion tree tsunami project had been initiated in compliance with the directives issued by NAB Chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal.

Published in Dawn, April 6th, 2018

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