Muhammad Ashraf Mehar

KASUR

The revenue staff continued their strike on Monday for the fifth consecutive day against the alleged corruption and abuse of power by the DCO and the Deputy Secretary Education, bringing all official work to a grinding halt and added to the miseries of the masses.

It is to be noted that the Clerks Association and Revenue Employees have been on strike for the last five days against the malpractice and massive corruption of the Kasur DCO and Deputy Secretary Education Asim Kamboh. They are of the view that the Deputy Secretary Education with the “blessings” of the DCO has grabbed a piece of land belonging to a citizen and deployed personal guards to spread panic.

With the aim to convey the public grievances and make efforts for end to the strike, a delegation comprising former Nazimeens including Mehar Muhammad Latif, Mian Muhammad Arif, Chaudhry Amanat Ali, Numbardar Muhammad Javed and other notables called on DCO Adnan Arshad Aulakh to seek his help for an end to the strike.

The delegation members urged DCO Aulakh to use his power as administrative head of the district and order an end to the strike which had caused multiple problems for the public. The DCO, however, expressed his inability in this regard. He informed that the police had registered a case against Tehsildar and patwaris and until any decision on the FIR came, the strike would continue.

Due to the strike and subsequent closure of revenue offices, people have been facing various problems. This correspondent visited different revenue offices where he witnessed people cursing the administration and the government.

According to the revenue officials, the family of Deputy Secretary Education Asim Kamboh owned a piece of land measuring 28 kanal, 10 marla and 113 feet precious land but his grandfather Khushi Mohammad and other heirs sold out 20 kanal, 12 marla and 196 feet to different people, leaving 7 kanal, 17 marla and 142 feet non-commercial land for Mr Kamboh. “However, the Deputy Secretary is now trying to grab 13 kanal commercial land on Shahbaz Khan Road and Ferozepur Road which never belongs to him,” they pointed out. They claimed that the current market value of the land was estimated to be Rs130 million, adding that the Kasur DCO and Asim Kamboh were now pressurizing Tehsildar and Patwaris for demarcation of the land according to their desire. The revenue officers alleged that when they carried out demarcation of the land according to the official record of 1979, 85, 89, 90, 2002 and 2014, the deputy secretary got angry and allegedly through his “front man” Amanullah, got registered a “fake” FIR No 243/15 at Kasur A Division Police Station against the Tehsildar, Patwaris and others.

The revenue officials reiterated their resolve to continue their strike and protest against the “corruption and power abuse.” They also demanded the Punjab chief minister to take notice of the situation and order stern action against the “bureaucrats” for abusing their authority. They also demanded an impartial inquiry into the matter and cancellation of the “fake” FIR registered against the revenue officers for blocking the way of corruption.

This correspondent repeatedly attempted to seek the Kasur DCO’s comment on the issue but he refused.

On the other hand, the public at large have demanded the Punjab Chief Minister to intervene and remedy the situation to end their sufferings.