Retrieval of looted amount from Punjab started – Daily Notable
By Our Correspondent
Retrieval of looted amount from Punjab started During Ramazan, 2018, the Government of Punjab decided to provide wheat through Food Department to the functional flour mills across the Punjab at a subsidized rate. At that time .It was a normal practice of the Food Department to issue wheat at the rate of PKR 1200 per 40 Kg to the functional flour mills. But under Ramazan Package 2018, Food Department issued wheat at a subsidized rate of Rs. 800 per 40 Kg.
The purpose was to provide flour to general public at discounted rate in Ramazan Bazaars as well as in open market. It was decided in Ramazan package 2018 that a 20 Kg bag of flour was to be available in Ramadan bazaars and in the open market at the price of PKR. 500 while the 10 Kg flour bag was to be provided at PKR. 250 under the subsidy scheme but Flour mill owners did not use this facility for public benefit.
Moreover, sold subsidized wheat in open market on high price on source reports ACE , Punjab initiated an inquiry firstly in Rawalpindi region and later on in all regions of ACE, Punjab about the misappropriation of Government subsidized wheat issued to the functional flour mills during Ramazan Package, 2018.
It was reported that some of mills did not grind the wheat issued under Ramazan Package 2018, and sold it in open market to earn illegal profit .Owing to the high difference in price and instead of providing relief to public, they sold the wheat in open market and misappropriated the amount with the connivance of the Food Department officers/officials.
Subsidized wheat quota
During the inquiry proceedings, it was found that 667 flour mills availed subsidized wheat quota across the Punjab under Ramazan Package, 2018 out of which 148 flour mills were involved in misappropriation/less grinding of the subsidized wheat provided under Ramazan Package, 2018.
The above mentioned 148 flour mills sold the subsidized wheat in the open market at a higher price in order to maximize their own profits in connivance with the Food Department officials instead of providing relief to the general public under the Ramazan Package, 2018.
Total loss of amounting PKR. 261.37 Million has been assessed during the inquiry in all Regions of Punjab from the 148 flour mills, 206.48 Million has been recovered and remaining recovery is Rs. 54.89 Million.
FIRs have registered against delinquent flour mills and food department officers/officials in Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Gujranwala Region.
Summary of the Recovered Amount from Flour Mills in all Punjab as under.In Lahore region A, 55 flour Mills availed subsidy from Govt. of the Punjab,out of which 7 Mills do corruption of the amount of RS.35.54 million. ACE has recovered RS 28.65 million and efforts to take remaining 6.89 million back still continued. In Lahore region B,55 flour Mills availed subsidy, out of which 20 Mills do corruption of the amount of RS 18.07 million.
Out of which ACE has recovered RS 15.42 million and efforts to take remaining 2.66 million still continued. In Gujranwala, 24 flour Mills out of 106 Mills committed crime and looted amount of Rs.34.53 million out which 34.13 million has recovered. In Faisalabad out of 60 flour Mills 3 Flour Mills do corruption of RS. 5.54 million, which all amount has recovered.
Million of money recovered
In Sargodha region all 8 flour mill looted RS.8.05 million out of which 7.53 million has recovered. In Rawalpindi division 158 Flour Mills availed this opportunity. Out of which 44 Flour Mills do corruption of rupees 100.09 million. Out of this big amount ACE has recovered 56.17 million. Further, struggle for 43.91 million still continued .In Multan region 74 mills got subsidy. Out of which 13 Flour Mills do corruption of rupees 13.80 ۔all amount has been recovered.
In Bahawalpur region out of 89 Flour Mills, 18 mills do corruption of RS.39.70. Which all amount recovered in Sahiwal region 6 Flour Mills out of 25 mills do corruption of RS. 4.84 million out of which 4.34 million has recovered. In DG Khan total 37 Flour Mills availed subsidy from the government of Punjab. Out of which 5 Flour Mills do corruption of RS. 1.15 million. This all amount has also recovered by ACE Punjab.
To summarize, there are 667 Flour Mills in Punjab who got subsidy from food department. Government of the Punjab, out of which 148 Flour Mills do corruption of RS. 261.37 million. Out of which 206.48 million has recovered in the result of a ACE investigations. Further, struggle for getting back the remaining amount of rupees 54.89 million still continued. Legal proceeding against 25 DFCs, 29 AFCs،65 Food Grain inspectors. 16 Food grain supervisors, 14 senior clerks, 6 junior clerks of Food Department, Punjab has started.
In this respect Director General anti corruption Gauhar Nafees said that there is place of Corrupt elements in Pakistan. ACE is taking action against corrupt elements without any discrimination. He further directed his officers to adopt Zero tolerance policy against corrupt elements. To make Pakistan a developed, prosperous and corruption Free country.