Quetta: NAB reveals massive corruption in Jewani Fish Harbour project
QUETTA: National Accountability Bureau Balochistan chapter Director General Syed Burhan Ali revealed that Balochistan Finance Department has released 83 percent funds for the Jewani Fish Harbour project but only 0.7 percent work has been done on ground.Addressing a quarterly press briefing here at his office on Thursday, he said that NAB has started probing the alleged corruption in the Jewani Fish Harbour project launched at an approximate cost of 113 million.
“Rs 90 million has been released but due to the negligence of the (officials) concerned, only 0.7 percent work could be seen on ground,” he regretted. He said that NAB was also investigating the alleged embezzlement of millions in a project executed in the Provincial Education sector for the purchase of equipment, furniture and other necessary item for schools and colleges.
Expressing his dismay over the alleged involvement of some legislators in corruption cases, Burhan Ali said on the directives of high court inquiry was in progress.“It has been noticed that hefty amount has been released for many unapproved schemes by government officials adding even in many cases the initial estimated amount has been enhanced from millions to billions.
Taking notice of plight of the downtrodden in Balochistan, a committee has been formed by NAB to probe the alleged corruption in the Bolan Medical College and Civil Hospital Quetta. Highlighting the performance of NAB during the last four months, he said that Rs617 million have been recovered, 23 accused in various cases have been held, four references registered and three cases were disposed off while proceeding on 71 cases were underway in the Accountability Court.
“Rs42.408 million have been provided among those affected including individuals and government departments during the last four months”, he maintained. To, a question, he noted that NAB had moved SC for some cases in which the defaulters were given pre–arrest bail.
DG NAB said that due to meager resources available, we are focusing on mega projects to ensure public money is spent for their welfare. “We have asked the provincial government to give us details of all the projects executed under the PSDP,” he said adding the provincial government has given a positive response and assured all assistance in this regard. He appealed to the media and people to assist NAB in revealing corruption, misuse of power and other embezzlement so that the culprits could be taken to task.