‘Steps being taken to make wheat procurement transparent’

RAHIM YAR KHAN (APP): The government is utilizing all available resources to make the wheat procurement process transparent besides providing facilities to growers during the coming wheat procurement drive in the district. This was stated by District Coordination Officer Nabeel Javed while presiding over a meeting to review arrangements of wheat procurement. He said that a target of wheat procurement target in the district has been fixed at 137,500 ton and for this purpose 546,000 empties have so far provided to growers while 8 ton wheat has been procured.  He said that complaint counters have been set up at procurement centres with displaying contact numbers.

 of monitoring officers conspicuously, while complaint cells have also been set up at district and tehsil level.  Four checkposts have been set up in the exit and entry points of the district RY Khan to check the sale of wheat in other districts.

ICAP certificate distribution ceremony on Monday

KARACHI (NNI): The ICAP is organising a certificate distribution ceremony to be held on Monday to celebrate the achievement of the newly qualified Accountants. Prominent figures from the industry will be present to show their encouragement for the new blood. Naeem Akhtar Sheikh, President, ICAP, A. Husain A. Basrai, FCA, Past President, ICAP, Ayaz Ahmed, Chief Financial Officer, HBL and Junaid Shekha, Chairman, Southern Regional Committee of the ICAP will be the speakers at the ceremony. Newly qualified CAs and CA Students who have achieved outstanding results in ICAP’s examinations will be Gold Medal awarded passing out & Merit Certificates.

500 acres of Railways land retrieved during last year

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Railways has retrieved around 500 acres of land worth approximately Rs 1997 million from land grabbers during last year. The land worth billions of rupees as part of its measures to eradicate corruption and ensure good governance in the department, an official told APP. The operation was in full swing against land mafia, which started on the directions of the Minister for Pakistan Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique. The department is also engaged in devising a mechanism for future according to which high value land would be leased out on identification of “In House Consultant” and through transparent manner to generate maximum revenues.

The present government has adopted numerous measures to eradicate corruption and introduced a scrap policy to override corruption in sale of scrap.

The scrap will be sold out through open advertized competitive bidding supervised by a committee of Principal Officers to ensure transparency.

Moreover, local purchase system is also being improved by issuing Procedure Orders to follow instructions of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PEPRA) and Stores Codes.  The allotment of houses, another source of corruption and mismanagement, has been streamlined and now houses are allotted strictly in accordance with priority list.  The procurement in railways including Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) portfolio used to be contractor driven and its priority was determined by the contractors, but now the PSDP projects are executed according to the priority of Pakistan Railways in the best national interest.  The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been involved and requested to accord top priority to investigate and finalize the Pakistan Railways cases.

Furthermore, as part of the measures, officers/officials of high integrity and good reputation are posted against key positions to ensure good governance and transparency in all discipline of the organization.

Vigilance Cell has been re-activated by inducting energetic officers and directly reporting to Ministry of Railways for immediate action. Fifteen incidents of proved corruption were detected and have been finalized. In addition 14 cases of corruption were referred to NAB.

Govt urged to solve cargo handlers’ problems

LAHORE (APP): All Pakistan Truck Trawlers Owners Association (APTOA) on Sunday demanded the government to constitute a committee for ensuring an early and durable solution to the problems being faced by goods transporters. Talking to APP here, the Association Central President, Lala Yasir Naseer said that transporters always had key role in cargo handling throughout Pakistan but, unfortunately, this important sector had since long been neglected by the quarters concerned. He said freight handling was one of the most important elements of transport sector in Pakistan, and around 75 percent of the cargo was being transported by roads.

To a question, he said with the shifting of Lahore main vegetable and fruit market to a new place, government should establish a state-of-the-art truck stand as the goods transporters were running short of an ample place to park their long vehicles. More truck stands, he added, should also be constructed at public sector level because the private truck stands were not only unaffordable for them but also increasing their problems a lot.

Lala Yasir observed that revival of Ravi Road Truck stand would also prove to be a sigh of relief for truckers. He said goods transporters contribute huge revenue through tall tax and other taxes in the government’s kitty, therefore, the federal and provincial governments should allocate budget for promoting trucking industry. The developmental budget would enable the trucking industry to establish itself on modern lines.

The APTOA Central President was of the view that a proper study and research on trucking industry was need of the hour to formulate a clear policy regarding cargo transport considering the kind of vehicle, freight consignments, fuel cost, profit, goods forwarders’ role, vehicles owners’ investment etc. The Association President demanded to constitute a committee, while taking the APTOA and other stakeholder on board to resolve their problems at the earliest.

To a question, he said that PML-N government was doing a commendable job of constructing motorways, highways, bridges, flyovers and infrastructural development. He asserted that smooth and comprehensive roads network prolonged the vehicles life as well as ensure safe and secure delivery of the goods to their respective destinations.

Investment in energy sector lauded

ISLAMABAD (APP): Former DG Alternative Energy Board, Irfan Mirza has said that investment on wind energy project was very huge and power generated from wind energy would be cheaper. Talking to Radio Pakistan, Irfan Mirza said that government had also focused on exploration of col and other resources while power generated out of imported coal would also prove costlier in near future like furnace oil. He said that cheaper power could be generated from hydro resources so it was necessary to promote hydro resources.  He said that Punjab government was also focusing on wind and solar energy resources which was welcoming.

He added that decreased circular debt would be in the benefit of the nation and government was making efforts to pay off circular debt.

He said that there should be a permanent solution to circular debt, but circular debt would not end because of subsidized electricity in the country.