Various labourers’ unions of Sadiqabad expressed their concerns over the Rs40 billion scam in the Employees’ Old Age Benefit Institution and demanded that the perpetrators in the scam should be strictly punished.

The Rs40 billion scam pertaining to the labourers’ salaries was a matter of concern, they said. The labourers’ representatives who expressed these views included Akbar, Gul Muhammad, Jamil, Waheed, Naseer, Nawab Din, M Arshad, Abbas, Habib, Qamar, Ali Raza and Shahzad. They said that the big scam was an open challenge for the rulers.

On last Monday, the Supreme Court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency to complete investigations into the Rs40 billion Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution scam in 10 days without taking into consideration ranks, position or political clout of the accused.

As per the reports, huge investments were made in DHA schemes, Crown Plaza was purchased in Islamabad, two 4,300cc Prado cars were bought for personal use of EOBI officers, two controversial plots were purchased in Sukkur, investment was made to develop a cricket ground in Islamabad, seven plots were bought from the CDA, 40 kanals and 16 marlas of land was purchased in Lahore, four floors of Plaza Hotel were purchased in Lahore, investment was made for construction of a seven-star hotel in front of the Lahore airport, M-9 Motorway was constructed and a Rs200 million land was purchased near the Karachi airport.

Ramazan bazaars: Acting DCO Safeena Siddique declared that the administration was making all-out efforts to provide relief to consumers by providing cheap fruit, vegetables, flour, beef, mutton and poultry at six Ramazan Bazaars to be set up each in Hafizabad, Pindi Bhattian, Jalalpur Bhattian, Kaleke Mandi and Vanike Tarar, which would start functioning from July 8.

Meanwhile, she has given free hand to the Special Price Magistrates to deal with the hoarders and profiteers with iron hand so as to provide relief to the consumers.

She further said that in addition to Ramazan Bazaars, fair price shops and stalls would be established at different places where essential commodities would be made available to the fasting Muslims at cheaper rates.