Sunday, November 8, 2009

Development works in Larkana halted after bogus payments to contractors

LARKANA: October 7, 2009. Government Contractors have halted road development work under the Larkana Development Package due to non payment of outstanding amount Rs. 60 to 70 crores, in spite the funds release against the ongoing development work; the authorities had disbursed bogus payments to their favorite contractors in fiscal year 2008-09.

The contractors in the press conference held here at Larkana Press Club, claimed that the EDO Works and Services department Kamber-Shahdadkot Imdad Ali Magsi, District Officer Roads along with Coordination Officer Zahid Hussain Memon, EDO and other concerned officials alleged in the bogus payments and corruption of ADP yearly funds Rs. 250 crore.

The Contractors claimed that the above officials have embezzled millions of misappropriation in the name of re-appropriation and M& R of roads around the Kamber-Shahdakot and Larkana. They said total of amount Rs. 13.5 Arab (billions) allocated for LDP out of Rs. 120 crore (billions) were used, while 800 millions were lapse in June 2009 they told.

They said the ADP budget 2008-09 could not be used properly and misused funds by the concerned authorities in the constituency of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, in this connection they have also submitted a brief complaint to the President of Pakistan, Chief Minister Sindh, Secretary Works and Services, Anti-corruption and other authorities to take action and enquiry against the culprits they said.

Contractors President Manzoor Soomro, Niaz Hussain Mirani, Ajeet Kumar, Khan Bahadur Abro, Hidayatullah Bhatti, Atta Mohammed and others were present in the press conference.

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