Missing: 90% of funds allocated for Mithi Hospital in Thar remain unaccounted

Published: March 11, 2014
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Famine affected children from Tharparkar being treated in Hyderabad due to lack of facilities in Thar on March 7, 2014. PHOTO: PPI

Famine affected children from Tharparkar being treated in Hyderabad due to lack of facilities in Thar on March 7, 2014. PHOTO: PPI

KARACHI: According to records, only ten percent of the 5 million rupees allocated for Mithi Hospital by the Sindh Zakat and Ushr Department have been spent, Express News reported Tuesday afternoon.

An amount of Rs2.5 million was issued by the Sindh Zakat and Ushr Department in October 2013, while a further Rs2.5 million were issued in January 2014. Of this only 0.5 million rupees have been spent so far, according to the news report.

The funds constituted the department’s yearly grant for the Mithi hospital. Investigation is under way for the missing Rs4.5 million.

Secretary Sindh Zakat and Ushr Department has confirmed that only Rs0.5 million was actually spent for the intended purpose.

The drought and ensuing famine in Tharparkar district has led to more than a hundred deaths, most of them were children. The government officials and ministers sprung into action after the media reported the severity of the situation.

According to health department officials, only District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) at the Mithi taluka is equipped to provide health services to underfed children who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses.

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  • Mar 11, 2014 - 4:21PM

    Normally the second installment ( in this case Rs. 2.5 million) is released only when the documents supporting the expenditure is submitted. Sindh Zakat and Ushr department too should have checked / insisted for the proof of expenditure of the amount given in October 2013. Disbursement of the money in installments are meant to have a check on the end use of the fund. If the same is not followed then definitely Zakat department also is negligent.Recommend

  • Salman
    Mar 11, 2014 - 4:24PM

    I knew this was coming, it always happened like this but this time, the embezzlement is caught on media! Shame on PPP government and shame on us for not helping our brothers who require assistance. Recommend

  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Mar 11, 2014 - 4:55PM

    Mashallah. Super Sain what is happening?Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 11, 2014 - 5:23PM

    Corruption everywhere, from top to bottoms; these fuedals arent true to there voters, so how can they be true to rest of the citizens.

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  • unbelievable
    Mar 11, 2014 - 6:09PM

    Nice reporting – now keep it on the front page until someone is tossed in jail.

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  • Aiman Kay
    Mar 11, 2014 - 6:19PM

    Why not a single party identified the culprit who can be punished. Nothing is going to happen if no culprit is punished for the murder of 100 children.

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  • AF
    Mar 11, 2014 - 7:33PM

    An excellent disclosure by the ET
    Other Media should also join hand to keep this scandal live and also keep chasing these ‘Thugs’ by inviting their so called loyal politicians in the talk shows for their clarification.
    The missing 4.5 million unaccounted fund appears having been scooped away by the CM to please Prince ‘ TWEET ‘ for arranging Lavish functions celebrating “SINDH FESTIVAL” …..!!
    Even for the current Monetory Aid announced by the Sindh Govt itself for the affectees of THAR, The Sindh rulers can no more be trusted for its transparent utilisation.Recommend

  • Full Stop
    Mar 11, 2014 - 8:51PM

    Well what else can one hope from Corruption Party!!??

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  • ali ahmed
    Mar 11, 2014 - 9:16PM

    rest went in the pocket feudal MNAs and MPAs…I recall an incidence working in one of taluka hospital,wife of a feudal was sick and came to the hospital for treatment a particular medicine was not available,then the wadera order the M.S. hospital to arrange the medicine from zakat fund

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