KAMALIA-The poor farmers are forced to pay bribe for selling their wheat at Kamalia wheat procurement centre while the rich ones use their influence for the purpose, officials including an MNA admitted.

Certain officials at the centre raise different illogical objections on wheat belonging to poor farmers and reject it, they said. Later, some persons hired by these officials contact the farmers and ask them to pay some bribe for wheat clearance, the victims added. If the amount is paid, the same wheat previously objectionable is purchased by the staff, they said.

Ghulam Rasool, a farmer from Chak 711, told the media that he had gone to the wheat procurement centre for selling his wheat but the officials there rejected his wheat stating that it was dirty and full of dust. Later, they received Rs1500 bribe and purchased the same wheat trolley, he alleged.

This behaviour continues all day long with the small farmers having no influence with the wheat procurement centre officials, while these officials unload and purchase trolleys of rich farmers and middlemen in the darkness of the night. Farmers demanded the authorities should take notice of the matter, as the chief minister has clearly stated that corruption will not be tolerated at the wheat procurement centres. Market Committee Kamalia Chairman Sardar Abdul Sattar Dogar said that the staff of wheat procurement centre has been provided all the basic facilities and he had repeatedly checked the centre. He received various complaints from farmers about unfair distribution of bags and news of provision of for middlemen has also emerged.

Higher authorities should take notice and fix the issue, he said. Food Inspector Syed Ameer Haider Shah said that farmers should come to him with their complaints and he will take action after investigation.

MNA Chaudhry Asadur Rahman said that similar complaints were already in his knowledge, and added that he will not tolerate any person involved in corruption in the region.

LQM DEMANDS PM RESIGNATION

The Labour Qaumi Movement Kamalia chapter staged a protest against the politicians and leaders whose name have been disclosed in Panama leaks, demanding the Prime Minister to step down immediately.

LQM Kamalia Chief Patron Ghulam Mustafa Gujjar led the protest, which was also attended by hundreds of powerlooms workers and brick-kiln workers. Addressing the protesters LQM Central President Baba Latif Ansari said that a movement is being launched today to protest against corruption that would continue until the Prime Minister steps down from his seat. He demanded that the Chief Justice of Pakistan should take suo motto notice and put a ban on politicians who are looting national wealth. LQM District President Arshad Baba, Tehsil President Malik Abdul Majeed and others also address the protest.