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.

Online motor registration starts in Larkana

LARKANA - Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Chawla said that the present government promoted
400 employees of the department through DPC and to improve the performance of the department, more
appointments have been made.
Remaining promotions will be given to employees of the department on merit basis within one month through
DPC, he said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Motor Registration Online System at Old Excise and
Taxation Office here Monday. The minister said that the new system is being extended to other parts of the
province on which an amount of Rs 14crors is being spent. He said that all the vehicles of Larkana region would
be registered at Larkana and no one will have to go to Karachi. Soon the property tax system will also be
computerized here, he said.
Chawala said that he will try his best to provide buildings to Excise and Taxation Department, and in this regard
the summery will be submitted to the chief Minister for approval.
He said that with the efforts of the department 35% more tax was collected so far against the target given to the
department. He directed to the officers to behave with the people in a polite way and solve their problems
without any delay. On the occasion secretary Excise and Taxation Mohsin Haqani, special Secretary Manzoor
Ahmad Memon, Director General Shoaib Ahmad was present.
Director, Excise and Taxation Larkana Ahmad Hussain Solangi welcomed the Minister and highlighted the
performance of the officials of the department in Larkana region.
Later, Minister visited Larkana Press Club and announced the amount Rs1 lac for the press club from his own