CM orders inquiry into Kunri chilli market construction

City Reporter

Karachi—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, took serious notice of the incomplete construction of Kunri Mirch Mandi (Chilli Market). He ordered the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) to conduct a thorough inquiry into it to determine the responsibility for the failure in completion of this important scheme. Despite the release and utilisation of Rs 195.878 million, the project was at plinth level, said an official statement here Saturday.
The Chief Minister issued these directives, while presiding over a review meeting of agriculture department’s development schemes here at the Chief Minister House.
Sindh Senior Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Minister Agriculture Sardar Ali Nawaz Maher, Sindh Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Alamuddin Bullo, Sindh Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Mohammad Waseem, Sindh Secretary Agriculture Shahid Gulzar Shaikh also attended the meeting.
Sindh Secretary Agriculture Shahid Gulzar Shaikh said that three schemes worth Rs 257.34 million had not been completed by the works and services department despite spending the entire allocated amount and now they are demanding Rs 612.9 million more for completion of the schemes.
Giving details of the schemes, he said that Mirch Mandi at Kunri, District Umerkot was launched at the cost of Rs 195.878 million. The executing agency of the project was works and services. The entire cost of the project has been released and utilized but still the project is at plinth level.
Sindh produces 90 per cent chillies of the country. This is one of the Asia’s largest market at Kunri. This scheme was envisaged to increase export of the chili and make the market – a hub of the country, the Chief Minister said adding that he can not tolerate this kind of attitude and the concerned officers must be brought to justice.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah ordered the Chief Secretary Muhammad Siddique Memon to forward the matter to the anti-corruption establishment (ACE) and report him. Secretary Works and Services, Aijaz Memon said that he would also conduct an inquiry into the matter.

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