Anti-corruption team raids wheat godown in Golarchi town of Badin district in presence of Judicial Magistrate
Karachi: Another wheat scam came to fore on Thursday when 800 bags of wheat were found missing during a raid at PRC Godown of Golarchi in Badin district by a team of Sindh Anti-Corruption Establishment.
“During the raid, 800 bags out of 1650 bags of wheat mentioned in the stock-register, were found missing,” an official handout said.
The team of Anti-Corruption Circle Office Badin led by Circle Officer Safdar Ali Panhwar, on the directions of the Provincial Minister for Industries & Commerce and Anti-Corruption & Cooperative Department Jam Ikramullah Dharejo to curb the embezzlement and smuggling of wheat, raided at PRC godown Golarchi Badin in the presence of Judicial Magistrate Badin Waqar Hussain Khatti.
The Anti-Corruption team seized the relevant records and registered a case and further investigation is underway.
Meanwhile Director Anti-Corruption Establishment Sindh Usman Ghani Siddiqui has said that strict action is being taken against those involved in wheat smuggling and embezzlement.
Provincial Minister for Industries & Commerce and Anti-Corruption & Cooperative Jam Ikramullah Dharejo has directed the officers to take action against corruption at all levels, the handout said. However it didn’t mention the names of officials of food department in-charge of the wheat godown.
Massive corruption in Sindh Food Department had been reported since long. One of such cases was reported earlier in the month of March when the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE)-Sindh recovered Rs.80 million in the wheat scam.
Facing corruption charges, Larkana Food Supervisor Manthar Ali Noorani had voluntarily returned Rs.80 million to ACE Sindh. Manthar had stolen 34000 wheat sacks worth more than Rs.80 million and was facing an inquiry.
According to Sindh Anti-Corruption Deputy Director Tariq Chandio the accused submitted a cheque worth Rs.80 million to the district food controller.