Probe into embezzlement of seed, fertiliser ordered in Thatta
THATTA, Feb 2: District and Sessions Judge Thatta has directed the DCO to hold an inquiry into distribution of free seed and fertiliser among flood-hit people.
Inquiry was ordered by Sessions Judge, Ghulam Mustafa Memon against Revenue Mukhtiarkar, Hamood Qazi who is reported to have sold bulk of consignments to local traders and his favourite growers after receiving bribes.
Ghulam Mustafa Memon assigned DCO Jaffar Abbasi to hold an inquiry on a criminal miscellaneous application filed jointly by Dilawar S. Shaikh, Mumtaz Sabro and Mohammad Imran Memon, all residents of Thatta. He directed the DCO to redress their grievances and also notify the court of its progress.
The application was moved on behalf of hundreds of flood-hit people who were promised free seed and fertiliser which they alleged were being sold by Mukhtiarkar concerned.
Growers of far-flung union councils of Tando Hafiz Shah, Jherruk, Sondha, Chhatto Chand, Kalakot, Dumani, Chillya and Hillaya said that they took this step after running from here to there without any substantial results.
Jabbar Abbasi had already assigned the DO Revenue, Agha Shah Nawaz to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
The DO when contacted said that a four-member committee comprising DDO Revenue, SDO Irrigation, DDO Agriculture and Mukhtiarkar had been entrusted for compiling lists for disbursement of seed and fertiliser among flood-hit growers. “Details by the committee are awaited for further proceedings which may take sometime,” he added.
A judicial inquiry had been demanded by former president, PPP Thatta chapter, Syed Iqbal Ahmed Shah, District President, Chamber of Agriculture, Syed Shahzad Shah Hussaini, member PPP, Sindh council, and a leader of growers Aijaz Ali Khowaja. They feared that colleagues of the Mukhtiarkar would try to hush up the matter.
They alleged that Mr Qazi who was already involved in various inquiries in similar matters had sold huge consignments of seed and fertiliser while accommodating his favourite growers or those who greased his palms.