No industrialisation, but employment increasing


Sindh Small Industries Corporation – instead of fulfilling its raison d’être of promoting small and medium industries is busy inducting political appointees and putting extra burden on the already cash strapped entity Pakistan Today learnt.
Sindh Small Industries Corporation (SSIC) has 52 ghost clerks, 25 ghost peons and 18 ghost watchmen who are drawing monthly salaries against serving at the entities head office located at Regal Chowk, Saddar. The total number of junior staff which SSIC could induct on the payroll for serving at its head office was decreed to be 100. However Pakistan today learnt that the number of ghost political appointees drawing salaries for serving at SSIC head office was more than 1000. Resultantly, the corporation’s saving, placed in different bank accounts was reduced to Rs 60 million against the Rs 800 million when the current Sindh coalition government took charge of the province in 2008. Well placed sources alleged that all political appointees of SSIC were workers of MQM. PT also learnt that Sindh Industries and Commerce Department had objected to these political appointments, citing the extra financial burden they would cause on the corporation. However the commerce minister also serving as the chairman of the corporation nullified the recommendations of his department officials and inducted the ghosts.
The politically-appointed workers have never carried out their respective duties at their respective offices but are still drawing salaries. The SSIC is facing a liquidity crisis and its regular employees are facing delays in payment of salaries as a result. The scribe also learnt that minister commerce and industries promoted Abid Ali Kaimkhani, a grade-18 officer as Managing Director SSIC. However, there are a number of senior officers of grade-19 including Qurban Memon, Tariq Memon and Saeed Pathan who deserved the post but were over ruled. An audit of SSIC is need of the hour and if an audit is not undertaken, SSIC may become another white elephant like PIA, Railways and Steel Mills.
The ghost clerks are: Haseeb, Kamran, Naveed, Ali Hyder Brohi, Sami Zafar, Khuram Aijaz, Muhammad Khalid, Irshad Ali Bugti, Ali, Khalid Ahmed Shaikh, Rafiq Ahmed, Shabir Ahmed Brohi, Muhammad Akbar, Muhammad Fahad Saeed, Shazia, Syed Riazuddin Asim, Amir Hussain, Muneer Khan, Muhammad Zubair, Amir Ali, Mutlib Shah, Asim Mir, Kashif Basit Mirza, Muhammad Kashif Changezi, Muhammad Sohail, Asad Jafri, Muhammad Ishtiaq Hussain, Nyara Tabsum, Awaisul Haq Siddiqui, Muhammad Hanif, Farhan Rasheed, Muhammad Ramzan Bohio, Rizwan Ahmed Memon, Syed Faisal Hussain, Ms Uzma Ansari, Amber Usman, Zeeshan Hassan Hashmi, Muhammad Khalid, Nusrat Khatoon, Kamran Noor Khan, Aftab, Noorul Din, Shah Nawaz, Kamran, Zeeshan Sabir, Mohammad Danish, Mohammad Tahir, Mushtaq Ali, Riaz Ahmed, Zeeshan Hyder, Mohammad Imran, Syed Sheraz Ali, Sher Mohammad, Ayyaz Gul, Ghulam Ali, Umer Farooq and Mohammad Amjad.
The ghost peons are: Khalid Mallah, Tarachand, Muhammad Ismail, Mumtaz Khan, Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Adnan Nisar, Muhammad Amir Khan, Amnullah, Shahbaz Ali, Muhammad Yaqoob, Muhammad Adnan, Muhammad Akram, Asif Ahmed Qureshi, Muhammad Sultan, Sujauddin, Atar Iqbal, Zakir Hussain, Shah Nawaz, Abdul Awais Azeem, Azam, Zaheer Ahmed, Sahib Khan, Abdul Hameed and Mohammad Adnan.
The ghost chowkidars are: Shahnawaz son of Ghulam Mohammad, Abdul Hameed, Mohammad Achar, Akbar Ali, Abdul Shakur, Ali Bux Bugti, Atta Mohammad, Shahnawaz son of Mohammad Nizamuddin, Muhammad Ishaq, Abdul Aziz, Muhammad Danish, Muhammad Amir Ahsan, Imran Nagori, Farhan Khan, Muhammad Mohsin Khan, Iftikhar Khan Sherwani, Ghulam Mustafa and Rizwan Majeed.