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Official vehicles become ‘personal property’ in Local Government Dept

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KARACHI: The officials of the Local Government Department of the Sindh government are reluctant to return official vehicles despite repeated attempts bringing loss of millions of rupees to the provincial exchequer, it is learnt.

In this regard, Majid Raza Ghouri, Director-III Sindh Local Government Board has issued a Final Notice No: SLGB/AO/Transport/Gen/2022/46 to at least 32 officials of the Local Government Department to return official vehicles within seven days.

“I, therefore, by this notice inform you that on the grounds given above, it is proposed to impose on you one or more than one penalties as described in Rule-4 of the said Rules, you are accordingly called upon to furnish your comments as to why the proposed action should not be taken against you.

Now, therefore, you are required to submit your written defence to the above charges within 7 days of the receipt of this Final Notice, failing which ex-parte decision will be taken against you under the E&D Rules”, the letter says.

The officials who are not returning government vehicles are:   

Abid Latif – Chief Municipal Officer, Municipal Committee Kandhkot

Mehboob Ali Mari (suspended) – Ex-administrator Town Committee Rajo Khanani

Ghulam Asghar – Ex Town Officer, Town Committee Rajo Khanani

Iftikhar Ahmed – Ex-Director Parking DMC East

Muhammad Hashim – Ex-Administrative Officer, SLGB

Bano Khan Mehar – Chief Municipal Officer, Municipal Committee Pir Jo Goth – Kingri

Jamal Nasir – Ex-Director Information DMC Malir

Sikandar Ali Awan – Ex-Town Officer, Town Committee Mirpur Buriro

Shoukat Ali Ghunio – Assistant Executive Engineer, District Council Jacobabad

Baqir Hussain Brohi Chief Municipal Officer, Municipal Committee Tando Adam

Irfan Ahmed Soomro – Assistant Executive Engineer, District Council Jacobabad

Zulfiqar Ali Jatoi – Executive Engineer District Council Sukkur

Ghulam Fareed Bhutto – Assistant Executive Engineer District Council Sukkur

Munir Ahmed (suspended) – Ex-Town Officer Town Committee Jam Sahib

Imtiaz Ali Rahapoto – Town Officer Town Committee Bhan Saeedabad

Agha Mukaram – Council Officer District Council Shikarpur

Asadullah Sarki (suspended) – Ex-Assistant, Municipal Committee Jacobabad

Khalid Saeed Panhwar – District Engineer, District Council Shaheed Benazirabad

Perwaiz Dawood – Town Offier, Town Committee Jamshoro

Lutuf Ali – Ex-Deputy Director DMC Malir

Ashok Gul – Ex-Chief Municipal Officer, Municipal Committee Sinjoro

Abdul Sami Shaikh – Director Charged Parking DMC South

Mohibullah Shah – Ex-Town Officer, Town Committee Kotdiji

Fayyaz Ahmed Qazi – Ex-Chief Officer, District Council Thatta

Zulfiqar Ali Marfani – Town Officer, Town Committee Bulri Shah Karim

Ghulam Mustafa Shaikh – Director Taxes DMC East

Muhammad Yaseen Sarki – Chief Municipal Officer, Municipal Committee Khipro

Imdad Khokhar – Town Officer, Town Committee Dokri

Nadeem Jalbani – Ex-Town Officer, Town Committee Hingorja

Ghulam Hussain Shaikh – Director Taxes DMC West

Nasir Khan – Ex-Senior Accounts Officers, DMC Malir

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System Works – Najmi Alam’s front-man becomes powerful mafia of Sindh’s livestock, fisheries

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KARACHI: In blatant violation, Advisor to Chief Minister on Livestock and Fisheries Department Najmi Alam has appointed his front-man Agha Saeed as focal person of the Livestock and Fisheries Department of the Sindh Government, it is reliably learnt.

The Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department has always been a hot-cake where financial corruption of billions of rupees were corrupted and many investigations underway by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The world famous corruption made by Nisar Morai is still in the minds of the people and yet again the prominent ‘SYSTEM’ finally entered into the department in shape of installation of Najmi Alam as advisor. Under the rules, no outsider or private person can be installed as focal person, sources say.

Now, the project directors of foreign-funded multi-million projects engineers, development experts and all other official dealing with development schemes and budgets would directly report to Agha Saeed, the front-man of Najmi Alam.

Agha Saeed is a low-grade employee of the Sindh Local Government Department, who has brought into the Livestock and Fisheries Department by Najmi Alam. His appointment has shocked almost every officer of the department and a wave of unrest prevail among their ranks, sources added.

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DDO Powers for sale in Sindh’s Livestock & Fisheries Department

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KARACHI: The powers of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) are put on sale in the Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department ahead of retirement of the Assistant-Mukhtiarkar-turned-Secretary Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, it is reliably learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was initially appointed as assistant mukhtiarkar, is retiring from the service in the first week of June 2024 as Secretary (BS-20).

The insiders told Sindhnews that the secretary was giving DDO powers to his blue-eyed officers allegedly with the conditions that available funds be withdrawn legally and larger chunk be given to him as he is retiring next month.

While blatantly violating the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

Separately, “Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, Senior Research Officer (BS-18), Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Sindh Hyderabad is hereby declared as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the cost centers KQ0432, KQ0433, KQ0436, KQ0437 and KQ0440 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I for utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of codal formalities as per financial rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to another notification.

It is mentioned here that Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, is a veterinary doctor, posted at Hyderabad. He is supposed to perform his field duties in Hyderabad however he has become a powerful mafia and work as blue-eyed of the secretary for the last two years.

Most interestingly, Dr Hafeez Siyal issued a notification dated April 25, 2024 declaring Dr Essar Das, Additional Director Livestock as DDO for the cost centers SN0040, SN0041, SN0043, SN0044, SN0045 and SN0046.

However, Dr Essar Das refused to follow the instruction of Dr Hafeez Siyal that resulted in withdrawal of the notification of DDO powers on April 30, 2024.

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Dr Hizbullah Bhutto made DG Animal Husbandry illegally, given DDO powers

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KARACHI: In blatant violation of the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal has illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary, it is learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was appointed as Mukhtiarkar and reached to the post of Secretary purely on political influence, is retiring in June 2024.

As he has left with only a month to retire that is why the secretary is tasking his blue-eyed officials to help him empty the government funds before his retirement, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Recently, Dr Hafeez Siyal declared Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19) as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO). Besides, assigning him the charge of Director General, Animal Husbandry illegally. Under the rules, Chief Secretary is the only authority who could issue transfer and posting of officers above BS-18.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

“These are government orders”, said Dr Hizbullah Bhutto when approached by Sindhnews to seek his official version about countless blessing of Secretary Dr Hafeez Siyal upon him.

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