Rs650m fraud de­tected in Dairy Vil­lage project

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

Sindh govern­ment is once again un­der fire as a mas­sive fraud worth Rs 650 mil­lion was un­cov­ered in de­vel­op­ment projects re­lat­ing to food. Bham­bore Dairy Vil­lage project was ini­ti­ated four years ago how­ever, it has been re­vealed that con­trac­tors were paid crores of Ru­pees but the scheme made no de­vel­op­ment.

Sindh High Court has held fur­ther pay­ments to the con­trac­tors. On the other hand, anti- cor­rup­tion de­part­ment has reg­is­tered first in­for­ma­tion re­port against two for­mer sec­re­taries of Live­stock de­part­ment. The two ex- of­fi­cials are Laiq Me­mon and Chaudhry Za­far. How­ever, Laiq Me­mon has re­port­edly fled the coun­try.

Bham­bore dairy project was launched on April 6 in 2012 and was an­nounced to com­plete in 2014 with a cost rang­ing up to Rs 2,800 mil­lion. Ear­lier in April, dur­ing a court hear­ing on one of the con­trac­tors plea, the judge or­dered the per­sons con­cerned to re­turn the cheques back to the govern­ment and turned down his plea.

A three- mem­ber bench of the high court had high­lighted the sorry state of Sindh govern­ment which ac­cord­ing to the judges was favour­ing some con­trac­tors for hav­ing terms with them.

Ad­di­tional Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral Bar­ris­ter Ghu­lam Mustafa Ma­h­e­sar had told the court that the en­tire project was a sham and the govern­ment ma­chin­ery was shafted by then sec­re­tary of live­stock and fish­eries, col­lud­ing with the pe­ti­tioner, the con­trac­tor.— INP

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