BAHAWALNAGAR - A directive issued by the caretaker Punjab chief minister reveals that the Punjab government “violated” rules and regulations while awarding seven labour contracts regarding wheat purchase to its blue-eyed contractor.

The directive (vide No STO/AS(A0/CMS/13/OT-47/CT/0000068 dated 03-04-2013) revealed that the Punjab government issued the contract by ignoring all the rules in this regard. According to food registration rule, only the contractor registered with the Food Department would be awarded not more than two contracts at a time through open bid. However, Bashir Ahmad who is a contractor of Chak 2060/HR tehsil Fortabbas, has been awarded seven labour contracts on his application submitted to the caretaker chief minister, Najam Sethi.

On the CM’s order, the department concerned awarded these contracts at wheat purchase centres. The awarding of contracts after rules’ violation makes a mockery of rules and questions the credibility of the caretaker government.

The public circles expressed their apprehension over the issue. When contacted, District Food Controller Babar Khan admitted that the directive had been issued to award these contracts. But, he added, his office did not issued an order in black and white in this regard. He further said that the method of awarding contracts had been changed for a few years.

He said that the government charges unloading charges of Rs6 from farmers for per 100kg gunny bag and the Food Department ensures the provision of unloading facility at the fixed rate.

A cop penalised, 28 transferred:

The District Police Officer (DPO) demoted a cop and transferred 28 other officials here the other day.

According to a notification, DPO Muntazir Mehdi transferred 28 police officials including two Sub-Inspectors to ensure free and transparent conduct of elections.

 The DPO ordered demotion of a head constable Mohammad Akram on charge of negligence.

Meanwhile, the DPO reiterated his pledge that upholding the rule of law was his top priority, adding that indiscriminate action would be taken against law-breakers.