Land meant for cooperative housing schemes or industries being used for residential purposes: Dharejo

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Karachi: Sindh Minister for Industries & Commerce and Anti-Corruption and Cooperative Department Jam Ikramullah Dharejo has said that land worth billions of rupees have been seized in Sindh.

He added that the land was taken for cooperative housing schemes or industrial purposes but are now being used for commercial or residential purposes.

He said this while talking to media at his office here on Wednesday.

Dharejo said that massive frauds had also been committed in the name of housing schemes. Thirty years have passed and no industry had been set up on the lands acquired for industrial purposes.

Replying to a question, he said: “The federal government collects taxes but does not carry out any development work in the industrial zones of Sindh. Gas and electricity load shedding has made the lives of the people as well as the industrialists miserable.”

In Sindh’s industrial zones, power is cut off daily from 12.30 pm to 8.30 am and gas is cut off for 24 hours every Sunday, while complaints of low gas pressure are also common and this situation has been destroying industries in Sindh’.

Dharejo said that industries in Sindh were being destroyed under a conspiracy so that these industries could be shifted elsewhere.

He added, ‘ Most of the gas is produced in Sindh but Sindh is deprived of it. The gas generated from Qadirpur gas field is not available in the surrounding areas which is a pity.

He added that reforms were underway in the Anti-Corruption Department. Efforts are being made to start training officers on modern lines so that they can deal with white collar crimes better.

He said that he was trying to make the anti-corruption department an independent body so that full action could be taken against the elements involved in corruption.

He said that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah have strict instructions to intensify action against corruption and we are making every effort to eradicate corruption from Sindh.

The minister said that the time has come for all of us to play our effective role against corruption and rid Sindh province of corruption.