SHEIKHUPURA: An embezzlement of millions of rupees has been alleged in the irrigation department’s Rachna drainage division by an applicant.

The complainant in his application submitted to the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Lahore director general said two executive engineers Abid Akram and Sadaqat Latif during their six-year tenure in Sheikhupura did not bother to carry out desilting works on drainages under their jurisdiction.

He alleged that the funds allocated for this purpose had been misappropriated which caused flooding in many parts of the district.

The floodwater, he said, damaged standing crops and also caused a great loss to the farmers and people in residential areas.

He said executive engineers had also appointed many people on a temporary basis after taking bribe from them. Chief Engineer Riaz Rasheed was also involved in the scam, he said.

The ACE director general ordered an inquiry headed by the deputy director Sheikhupura range and directed him to submit a report as soon as possible.

Published in Dawn, November 18th, 2019