Sindh: 44 agriculture dept employees hired on fake documents

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Sindh: 44 agriculture dept employees hired on fake documents
KARACHI: It might take months of protests and hunger strikes for the lower education staff to get their overdue salaries, but for at least 44 employees in the agriculture department, all it took was fake appointment letters. These employees were hired on fabricated documents and have been receiving their salaries for the last two years, disclosed Agriculture Secretary Agha Jan Akhtar at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday.
The meeting was held by PAC chairman Jam Tamachi Unar. Akhtar said the department did not know about these employees, who were hired as crop reporters in different districts in 2008. Perhaps treasury officials were involved because these employees were given their wages as well as additional perks.
“We sacked these employees [after we found out they were hired on fake documents] and then referred the case to the anti-corruption department. However, the employees challenged this decision in the high court. The court gave a stay order, which means the employees would continue to get their salaries till further orders,” he said. A similar fraud was discovered in the education department a few days ago, he added,
Unar directed the accounts committee to inform President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Sindh Agriculture Minister Ali Nawaz Shah of the issue. “This kind of offence will defame not only the government but the ruling party as well.  We should take strict action against the black sheep involved.” He added that it could not have happened without some bureaucrats and department officials being in on it.

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