Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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Embezzlements, corruptions in Housing Ministry, PWD

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ISLAMABAD: Senate standing committee on Housing and Construction has disclosed outrageous embezzlements, corruptions worth billions in Ministry of Housing and works, and PWD (Pakistan Works Department).

The Thursday meeting of the committee, convened by Senator Shahi Syed disclosed the shocking details of summaries being signed and approved under fake signatures, approvals of state minister in his absence. The issue generated so much controversy that even after the meeting officials remained at odds with each other, hurling dire threats.

Even the state minister, Usman Ibrahim was forced to admit occurrence of such bravado, while chairman committee also cited yet another case of ministry’s efficiency , whence while Supreme Court’s verdict was passed against the responsible officer on 28th July , but the over-zealous ministry managed to penalize the officer, two days in advance on 26th July.

State minister also disclosed that more than 50 enquiries were going on in PWD, which include payments to contractors over requests of parliamentarians, and expenses worth Rs 3, 96,000 on décor and renovations of official flats and homes.

A detailed review of various developmental schemes circa 2013-2014, developmental projects of PSDP, and various unfinished projects were also reviewed in detail. The committee was also informed that employees of ministry of Housing were not even paid their salaries since past three months; an issue cleared by state minister who said that he had just signed the summary.

The high officials of the ministry also informed the committee that former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had managed to allocate Rs 51 billion worth of developmental schemes in Gujjar Khan, making it difficult for ministry to initiate other schemes.

Chairman committee also informed Shahi Syed that water scheme in Malakand division cost Rs 490 million, while no progress was made.
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