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CM forms body to appoint Bank of Punjab permanent president

 

Muhammad Basharat Raja to hold first meeting on 11th

 

M Jahangir Hayat

LAHORE: The chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has constituted a committee to appoint permanent President of Bank of
Punjab (BoP) consisting convener and three members from the Punjab Cabinet.

As per official sources Minister for Muhammad Basharat Raja has been made convener of the committee while Minister Finance Hashim Jawan Bakaht, Minister Excise and Txation Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmad and Labour
Minister Ansar Majeed Khan.

The sources said that Minister Law Raja Basharat will hold the first meeting of the committee on 11/12/2019 at 3pm at the committee Room ofS&GAD Department Civil Secretariat, Lahore.

It is pertinent to mention hare that for about one long year BoP has been working without a permanent president. Perhaps the bank is only
one of its kind in the whole world that is being run by a permanent president but an acting president is looking after its affairs.

The banking sector experts are of the view that non-appointment of a permanent president of any bank can cause huge mismanagement on the part of the administration affecting the overall performance of the bank significantly.

An insider on the condition of anonymity told Daily The Business that as the bank has been being run by a temporary president bank was
unable to ensure complete enforcement so far as the Non- Performing Loan (NPLs) are concerned. The bad loans of the Bank have further increased during the first nine months of the calendar year 2019.

“As the bad loans are soaring up and the provision eating up big share of the profit earned both shareholders and the lower staffs who are the backbone of the bank are feeling demoralized,” the source said.

On the other hand, the experts, however, appreciated the government’s
decision to appoint a president on permanent basis urging the committee to ensure the appointment on merit basis contrary to the
past practice the BoP president Naeemuddin khan had succeeded in manipulating his extension despite the fact that he had failed to meet the fit and proper test of the State Bank of Pakistan where the central bank recommended the government and the management to take
cognizance of the situation but was of no avail.

Following Bank of Punjab (BoP) President Naeemuddin Khan resigned from his post a month before the expiry of his term November last year.

According to State Bank of Pakistan regulations, Mr Khan served a one-month notice and vacate his post two weeks before his extended term concluded on December 19, 2018.

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