KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Cooperation Jam Ikramullah Khan Dharejo on Friday announced removal of most administrators from societies and said the rest would be removed soon and managing committees would be handed control of the societies. Speaking at a press conference on progress of the Cooperation Department, the minister said there was a practice of superseding societies and appointing private persons as administrators and it created lots of problems within the societies.

“We have put an end to this. There were 50 plus administrators in Karachi alone and most of them have been removed and societies handed over to managing committees through the election process,” he said, adding that now only 10 to 12 administrators were working and very soon the election will be held in these societies.

He said that they had also started awareness campaign through the media for general public to expose fake managements so that innocent people may not be cheated.

He said that they were also trying to streamline the working of all cooperative societies through annual audit and started the process of forensic audit, and during the course of this audit all the discrepancies committed by the societies will be brought to the limelight and action will be taken against the culprits accordingly.

“In order to start the forensic audit, we have invited all cooperative societies of Sindh at the Auditorium of Pakistan Museum at Karachi and the discussion with these societies went for six days.” He also announced that more than 15 cases of Cooperative Societies were forwarded to the chairman of Anti-Corruption Sindh which involved gross irregularities & misappropriation. He said that there are 300 cases faced by department in the court and in order to reduce the number of these cases, they submitted number of urgent applications to dispose of these cases and to conduct elections and complete inquiries in the larger interest of the department and members of the societies.

He also announced initiating computerisation of entire record of housing societies. He said a scheme had been prepared to computerize each unit of all cooperative societies so as to avoid double or triple allotment and to reduce the large number of litigations and complaints which are continuously being received by the department. He announced bringing certain amendments to the Cooperative Societies Act, 1925 to empower the department and regulate the working and affairs of the cooperative societies.