DERA GHAZI KHAN-The Dera Ghazi Khan Market Committee has become the hub of corruption as every second employee is involved in embezzlement of funds and looting the national exchequer.

The cancer of corruption has destroyed the organs of the institute. Once again in an inquiry, two employees Inspector Mujahid Iqbal and Head clerk of Market Committee Allah Bakhsh have been found guilty about embezzling the funds.

As per the copy of inquiry report, inquiry officer Asif Raza, Assistant Director of Agriculture (Economics & Marketing) Multan, has recommended forfeiture of past five services of Mujahid Iqbal along. He suggested for Allah Bakhsh reduction of lower post and pay scale from the substantive or regular post for a period of three years.

The inquiry started on the order of Director of Agriculture (E&M) Lahore. As per the report, Mujahid Iqbal working as Secretary Market Committee DG Khan illegally purchased a tractor-trolley with the connivance of the chairman without prior approval of the government. They made advance payment of Rs250,000 for trolley to Imran Mechanical Works against the rules.

Secondly, Mujahid made cash payments with connivance of chairman to the field staff instead of providing them with uniforms and embezzled a sum of Rs58,100. Thirdly, Mujahid illegally paid additional charge allowance of Rs6663.

He expended excess expenditure amounting to Rs708,893 against sanctioned expenditure budget during 2015-16 in heads of open TA Rs35,190, contingencies Rs197,919, hot & cold Rs11,825, office stationery Rs7,443, purchase of newspapers Rs5416, drinking water facility Rs16,400, provision of rate card Rs168,000, repair of vehicles Rs1,560, purchase of trolley Rs250,000 and others Rs15,140.

Likewise, Allah Bakhsh did not bring the legal and budget position into the notice of the authority and got made advance payment of trolley with the connivance of Secretary Market Committee Mujahid Iqbal.

He assisted to embezzle the funds of Rs58,100 of uniform. He illegally paid additional charge allowance to Rs6,663 to Mujahid without sanction of budget. He made Rs708,893 additional expenditure against the sanctioned budget.