SUKKUR: A three-member committee has been formed by Ghotki District Coordination Officer Zahid Ali Abbasi to investigate where nearly five million rupees sent by the government for teachers in the district has gone.
“The committee will start working from Monday (today). So far the initial reports show that officials from the education department and district accounts office were involved,” said EDO education Ubaidullah Odho. Zahid told The Express Tribune that the committee would be headed by the EDO finance, EDO education and DDO coordination. “The committee should submit a well investigated report within two weeks and the guilty will be dealt with in a legal capacity,” he said.
Sources in the district education department claim that Rs5.4 million was supposed to be given to the 800 school teachers who had been promoted but had not received their time-scale dues from last year. They added that cheques had been issued in the name of the former EDO education Abid Jakhrani and ADO education Suleman Hakro who withdrew the money from the bank and deposited it in their personal accounts. “The ADO and his staff did pay some of their favourite teachers but we have no idea what they plan to do with the rest of the money,” said a source in the education department. He alleged that union officers and officials from the education and district accounts office were involved. Sources added that union council officers received Rs1,000 from every teacher in order to help them receive their dues.
Masjid School Teachers Association’s Sufi Mohammad Ishaq Mahar told The Express Tribune that Jakhrani had been posted in Jacobabad as a subject specialist and had many inquiries registered against him.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2011.