Eradicating corruption from ministries
Mounting financial and administrative irregularities, massive corruption and blatant violations of rules and regulations in almost all ministries and divisions are adding to the miseries of people besides tarnishing the image of government.
Like all ministries, Commerce Ministry has turned into home to corrupt elements. The corrupt officials and high ups are committing malpractices brazenly flouting PM Imran Khan’s directives.
In the wake of India’s annexation of occupied Kashmir, Indian forces’ atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris and inhuman lock down government snapped trade ties with India in August 2019. The imports of all the goods were banned.
The influential industrialists of Karachi threw this decision to winds. Owing to their unbridled influence and brutal prowess they got lifted ban on import of life saving medicines through lobbying among ministers. The cabinet issued decision on this count. It was said in clear terms in cabinet decision that only life saving medicines can be imported from India. The ministry of commerce which was running under the noted business tycoon Razzaq Dawood was to issue the respective notification. As soon as the notification was issued the business tycoons through frenzied buying imported raw material of 429 medicines including multivitamins, 52 manufactured medicines and 12 vaccines from India. Through this frenzied imports, they transferred billion of rupees to India.
They imported such medicines which did not fall in the ambit of life saving medicines and they are manufactured in Pakistan.
They persisted with this malpractice till March 2020. Meanwhile, the sources informed the PM Imran Khan about this horrendous scam.
PM called the report on this matter from health ministry. The report carrying stunning revelations was presented in the cabinet.
The PM directed Shahzad Akbar, special advisor on accountability to hold inquiry. It was disclosed during the inquiry that bigwigs of pharmaceutical industry did not let incorporate life saving drugs in ministry of commerce September 2019 notification as per cabinet decision.
The Health Ministry shifted the responsibility to ministry of commerce. The inquiry report will be presented before cabinet in next week. The high ups of pharmaceutical industry have also reached Islamabad and are on the way to lobbying among the higher circles to influence the report.
Before the presentation of this report to federal cabinet another irregularity has surfaced in ministry of health that it has obtained the approval for exporting hand sanitizers under certain odd conditions.
This approval foretells the inquiry report will meet what fate.
Massive appointments of officers have been made in over 16 federal ministries and divisions in defiance of rules and regulations. This way mammoth financial loss has been caused to national kitty.
One Imran Ahmad was appointed as Director General Petroleum Concession without the approval from the prime minister. Owing to his illegal and irregular appointment loss to the tune of over 50 million dollars was inflicted on national exchequer.
He was removed from his office on coming the matter into the notice of PM after 7 months.
Imran Ahmad ineptness and lack of qualification played havoc in another vital matter. He rejected a third party report worked out by two international companies and three high ranking officials including secretary petroleum Asad Ahya ud Din. This step led to cause heavy loss to national exchequer. How strange it is that he has been appointed as director technical petroleum concession when NAB has launched inquiry against him.
The sources said that he has been given this post at the behest of an influential person to hush up inquiry.
Another mega scam has surfaced up in Ministry of industries. A sum of Rs 140 billion were waived to fertilizers owners under Gas Infrastructure Development Cess. The governments withdrew this decision being raised by media.
The cabinet however directed that forensic audit of fertilizers owners be conducted before waiving this cess to them. The ministry of industries made this decision redundant by expunging these directives from final decision of the cabinet. Bid was made to print currency notes of denomination ranging from Rs 500, Rs 100 and Rs 5000 without security features and varnishing. The cabinet rejected it for fear of circulation of fake currency notes in the prevailing situation when process of distribution of over Rs 2oo billion is underway in the country.
Those behind these mega scams are so powerful that even FIA and NAB have failed to lay hands on them.
All these irregularities have come to the notice of PM and if he cannot change all the ministries, he should at least change these three ministries otherwise his claims of bringing change will lose their sheen.