Sindh Small Industries Corporation (SSIC) is also affected by corruption like any other government department or corporation. The corrupt officials are responsible for millions of losses to the state through irregularities.
Just few months ago Supreme Court demoted 40 officers because of out-of-turn promotions but now they are again being promoted against the order of Supreme Court sending a message that no one can stop them for looting the resources of state.
According to media reports the official issued bill payments for work in Sindh Small Industries Corporation regional office in SITE till 2013 while the work was finished in March 2011. For two years the officials were issuing payments which amounted more than Rs. 1.8 million.
Similarly Rs. 7.38 million were looted in the name of refurnishing of furniture and other equipment. In the name of car maintenance and repair Rs. 1.29 million were distributed among officials. For purchase of new computers a total amount of Rs. 3 million was issued but it was never materialized. Stationary & printing resulted in corruption of Rs. 50 lakh.
The biggest irregularity was done from the amount of pension and salary. They requested a loan of Rs. 620 million for payment of salaries but it was used by officials for other purposes. Similarly Rs. 600 million from pension was also used against the purpose. The corruption was not limited to the provincial capital of Karachi but Sukkur office was also involved in looting the resources.
Media contacted Abdur Raheem Soomro who is the Secretary Department of Industry but he gave no opinion on the issue. This is not the first time that irregularities and corruption was exposed, people involved were demoted and yet they were able to regain their post & power.
The officers which were demoted by Supreme Court include Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, Data Processing and other important administrative posts. It is feared that once again they will waste the state resources.