Karachi: Sindh government has re-auctioned a huge stockpile of 3527 tons of ‘damaged wheat’, at the rate of Rs12 per kilogram. Addressing a departmental meeting on Tuesday, Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Dahar said that the damaged wheat was re -tendered to stop corruption. First auction rate of the damaged wheat was approximately Rs.2 per Kg while in the second tender the auction rate for per KG wheat was more than Rs 12 per kg.
Minister said that overall 3527 tons of damaged wheat were stock in Dadu, Jamshoro, Sanghar and Naushehro Feroz cities at godowns of K. N Shah, Arazi, Sehwan, Sinjhoro, Sarhani and Moro.
He said Sindh food Department, having auctioned damaged wheat, received Rs,1,87,12,976 from Dadu Center,Rs,13,041,360 From Jamshoro center Rs,10,03430 from Sanghar center and Rs,32,55,700 from N. Feroz center. The fair auction caused to save net amount Rs3,47,75,224 to the food department.
However, the meeting was not told why this huge stock of wheat was damaged; at what rate this wheat was bought and which action was taken against those responsible for the damage of wheat in a poor province, which faces alarming ratio of malnutrition in its children.