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Wheat scam in Sindh

May 7, 2020 | General, Official News | Share:

Islamabad, May 07, 2020 (PPI-OT): On receipt of various complaints and source reports, DG NAB Sukkur authorized 9x inquiries against Officers / Officials of Food Department and others on the allegations of misappropriation of wheat stock available at Provisional Reserve Centres (PRCs) in 9x different districts of Sukkur, Larkana and Shaheed Benazirabad Divisions namely: Sukkur, Larkana, Ghotki, Khairpur Mir’s, Naushehro Feroze, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sanghar, Kashmore @ Kandhkot and Kamber @ Shahdadkot. Subsequently, separate teams conducted raids in presence of respective Judicial Magistrates at PRCs of above-mentioned districts. It was found that 164,797 M.Tons of wheat of worth Rs. 5.355 Billion were missing at different PRCs of abovementioned districts.

During the course of Investigation various accused persons and Mill owners have applied for Plea Bargain u/s 25(b) of NAO 1999 and agreed to return an amount of Rs. 2.112 Billion. Their Plea Bargain applications have been approved by Honourable Accountability Court Sukkur.

Moreover, during the course of investigations it also revealed that thousand tons of wheat was dispatched to Govt Godowns at Karachi from abovementioned districts. In this regard, relevant record was obtained from concerned districts and Karachi godowns. The record revealed that 22,044 M.Tons of wheat of worth Rs. 745.680 Million dispatched to Karachi did not reach Karachi. The said wheat was also embezzled by the officers / officials of Food Department and others.

In addition to this, NAB Sukkur has also conducted inquiries against the officers / officials of Food Department Sukkur and Khairpur and Flour Mill owners on the allegations of release of wheat stock on 180 days credit basis where the Flour Mill owners did not pay the amount after laps of 180 days. After the authorization of these inquires the defaulted flour mill owners have so far paid an amount of Rs. 8.126 Billion, out of total default amount of Rs. 9.750 Billion. The summary is as under:

S# – Type of Embezzlement – Total wheat misappropriated in (M.Tons) – Total Loss caused to the Govt Exchequer (in Billions) – Recovery made so far (in Billions)

1. – Wheat issued on 180 days credit to the – 300,000 – Rs. 9.750 – Rs. 8.500 Flour Mills against post-dated cheques

2. – Wheat stock misappropriated from Govt – 164,797 – Rs. 5.355 – Rs. 2.112 go-downs / PRCs through theft in various Districts of Sukkur, Larkana and Shaheed Benazirabad Divisions

3. – Wheat embezzled during transportation – 22,944 – Rs. 0.745 – – from Ghotki, Naushehroferoze and Shikarpur districts

Grand Total – 487,741 – Rs. 15.85 – Rs. 10.612

Note: 4x References have so far been filed in Accountability Court against officers / officials of Food Department and Mill owners for recovery of losses. Moreover, remaining References will also be filed before Accountability Court within stipulated time.

For more information, contact:
National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
Attaturk Avenue G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Fax: +92-51-9214503
Email: chairman@nab.gov.pk, infonab@nab.gov.pk
Website: www.nab.gov.pk

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