CCP imposes fine of Rs 44bln to 81 sugar mills for embezzlement, corruption: Shahbaz Gill
LAHORE – Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill on Saturday said that Competitive Commission of Pakistan (CCP) had imposed a fine of Rs 44 billion to 81 sugar mills for embezzlement, corruption and exploitation of the farmers.
Addressing a Press conference here at Press Information Department (PID), SAPM, Dr Shahbaz Gill said that the highest fine of Rs 300 million had been imposed on the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) for its persistent anti-competitive practice.
He said that two of the four members of the CCP had been fined immediately and two had been under further investigation, adding, that the CCP existed even before the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf but it remained silent about the corruption of sugar mafia because it was occupied by politicians.
He said that the law was equal for all and whoever committed crime/corruption would be accountable to the law, adding, that the sugar mills owners always blackmailed the government and got subsidies but Prime Minister Imran Khan was the only ruler who could not be blackmailed.
He said that for the last several year, a subsidy of Rs 30 billion was being given to sugar mills, adding, that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government had stopped this subsidy and provided relief to the people and farmers.
“Why so many landlords came to politics, made sugar mills or established TV channels”, he said and replied that they wanted to get benefits from government and make more money.