Embezzlement in oil & food supplies in Bara
BARA: The inquiry committee formed by the political administration to probe embezzlement in oil and food supplies has directed the ex-agency surgeon Dr Abdul Qadoos to return the 492 canes of edible oil, official sources said on Wednesday.
The sources said that 772 cooking oil canes fortified with vitamins and energy biscuits meant for children and pregnant women were supplied by World Food Programme through the Fata Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) to the Civil Hospital Jamrud for onward distribution in Khyber Agency around January 20, 2012.
But later it was found that 492 canes of five-kilogram each were missing from the main store without the knowledge of Agency Surgeon Dr Azam Wazir.
The sources said the FDMA was informed about the missing consignment that requested political administration to initiate an inquiry into the matter. The political administration formed the probe committee headed by Additional Political Agent Syed Ahmad Jan who investigated the Agency Surgeon Dr Azam Wazir and Dr Abdul Qadoos, a focal person for the food programme sponsored by WFP.
Talking to this correspondent, Syed Ahmad Jan said that Dr Abdul Qadoos admitted before the inquiry committee that he had shifted the oil canes to a private warehouse in Sarband area of Peshawar district to distribute it among the pregnant women of troubled and thickly populated Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. He blamed Dr Qadoos for shifting the oil canes without the knowledge of Dr Azam Wazir who is the head of health department in Khyber Agency. He added that the committee had ordered Dr Qadoos to immediately return the goods to the Jamrud hospital, as the oil canes distribution was near to impossible in Bara area.