Lahore, March 16, 2017 (PPI-OT):Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab has decided to monitor the whole process of wheat procurement, starting from next month, and a comprehensive plan have been chalked out to ensure transparency right from provision of gunny bags to farmers to procurement and payment of wheat. Necessary instructions have also been passed to Food Department in this regard. This was informed by Director General Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab Brig. (R) Muzaffar Ali Ranjha in a monthly review meeting of Regional Directors. Additional Director General ACE Nadeem Sarwar, Director Technical (South), Director Technical (North), Director Legal and Regional Directors of Anti-Corruption posted at all divisions attended the meeting.
DG ACE directed all Regional Directors to place panaflaxes at all wheat procurement centres, intimating addresses, phone numbers and mobile contact numbers of concerned Anti-Corruption office and officers so that poor farmer may contact in case of non-provision of gunny bags and undue demand from officials of Food Department. Strict monitoring of corrupt officials of Food Department would be done and collusion of middle middleman and officials of Food Department to blackmail the poor farmer would be slashed. ACE would keep an eye on the distribution process of gunny bags before procurement campaign and officials involved in malpractices would be napped immediately, told DG ACE.
Government wants to ensure payment of support price to growers and the same can only be guaranteed by following a transparent process. He directed Regional Directors to ensure quality, weight and total payment of procured wheat to the farmers. ACE has prepared a comprehensive plan according to which farmers could not be victimized by middleman and powerful quarters. All employees posted at wheat procurement centres are under strict observation from today so they should be more careful now, warned DG ACE.
He directed Regional Directors to take prompt action on complaints of non-provision of gunny bags, procurement of substandard wheat, undue cut in price and weight and do not hesitate to nab the accused from their work place. Poor growers must raise their voices in case of undue demand and contact Anti-Corruption staff for action so that the menace of corruption may be curbed, asked DG ACE.
Will arrange a seminar in connection with International Anti-Corruption Day on December 09, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Punjab Auditorium, Punjabi Complex, Punjab Institute of Language Art and Culture, 1-Qadafi Stadium, Ferozepur Road, Lahore. Director General Anti-Corruption Establishment Punjab Brig. (R) Muzaffar Ali Ranjha will preside over the seminar on the subject “Good Governance through Prevention of Corruption” while renown personalities from all walks of life would address.
For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab (DGPR)
Government of the Punjab
21-Mahmood Ghaznavi Road (Abbot Road), Lahore, Pakistan