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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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Rashid Ansari – Mafia of Sindh’s mines and minerals!

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KARACHI: The multi-billions dollar mines and minerals spread across the Sindh province are presently under clutches of a powerful person who is himself a One-Man Mafia, compelling all his officials to bow-down before him.

Rashid Ansari has become a symbol of threat to almost every official working at the Directorate General of Mines and Mineral Development Department, Government of Sindh for the last couple of years. And, nobody is willing to take action against his massive corrupt practices involving billions of rupees, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Sindh’s caretaker minister for mines and minerals Mir Khuda Bux Marri took bold step and initiated multiple inquiries against him, suspending him from the post of Deputy Director (Technical), Mines and Mineral Development Department, sources disclosed.

While taking stern notice of the situation and malpractices, Chief Secretary Sindh Dr Muhammad Fakhre Alam issued a notification suspending Rashid Ansari immediately for 90 days.

“In exercise of powers conferred by Rule-5(1) of the Sindh Civil Servants (Efficiency & Disciplines) Rules, 1973, the services of Mr Rashid Ansari, Deputy Director (Tech) (BS-18), Directorate General, Mines and Mineral Development Department are hereby placed under suspension for 90-days with immediate effect, on account of misconduct”, according to a letter exclusively available with Sindhnews.

“During the period of suspension, the headquarters of the aforementioned officer shall be at the Mines and Mineral Development Department. He shall draw pay and allowances, during the period of suspension, as admissible under the rule”, the notification adds.

Sindhnews repeatedly tried to contact Rashid Ansari for his official version however his cell phone remained unattended till filing of the report.

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DG Khadim Hussain refuses to grant mining leases to relatives of caretaker minister

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KARACHI: Making it for the first time, Director General, Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, Government of Sindh, has refused to grant mining leases illegally to the relatives of Sindh’s caretaker minister Mir Khuda Marri, it is learnt.

The insiders told Sindhnews that the caretaker minister was allegedly pressuring the DG Khadim Hussain Channa to grant more than 11 mining leases to brothers and relatives of the minister.

However, Mr Channa clearly refused to obey his orders resultantly the caretaker minister had a clash of worth with the senior officer, sources disclosed.

Soon after the clash, caretaker minister Khuda Bux Marri refrained the officer from attending the office and roaming the influential circle to get the officer transferred, the sources said, adding that caretaker minister had also requested the caretaker chief minister Sindh to transfer the officer.

So far, more than 20 mining leases have been granted to the close relatives of Mir Khuda Bux Marri however not a single lease granted to anyone after the decision of the Sindh High Court.

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CLICK Mafia – World Bank’s $23 million becomes useless  

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KARACHI: As the officers of the Sindh Government are used to of minting money, the assistance/loan of around US $ 23 million has also been fallen victim of corruption as the schemes initiated under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project have been declared ‘substandard’.

The CLICK project is proposed to be financed by the World Bank’s loan under Investment Project Financing (IPF) and the Sindh government.

As per details, the monitoring team of the Planning & Development Department unearthed over Rs 32 billion embezzlement in the development schemes under the World Bank’s CLICK project in Karachi.

The team monitored 157 schemes in the first phase and 100 schemes were declared substandard whereas the report also revealed the use of old paver in the road construction. Moreover, the planning and development department has informed the World Bank about the substandard work in Sindh’s CLICK project.

It is pertinent to mention here that last year massive corruption and irregularities were unearthed in the sale of expensive KMC in Karachi’s Baldia West in which 4-acre land was sold via ‘fake challan’.The irregularities were unearthed in the sale of KMC land in Orangi’s Gulshan-e-Zia.

The four-acre land of a workshop and nursery was sold via fake challan with the nexus of a project director. Sources said that the land was used to bury the offal and waste of animals from 2004 to 2016.

The land came under the administration of KMC Baldia West section after the enforcement of the Town Municipal system in 2002.The market value of the said KMC land is more than Rs1 billion which was allegedly sold at extremely low prices via fake challan with the nexus of a project director.

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