Cabinet sub-committee on Bannu Sugar Mills meets

Peshawar: A high level meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet constituted sub-committee to probe the details and actual position of Bannu Sugar Mills and its assets transfer to Dera Ismail Khan, was held under the chairmanship of KP Minister For labour , Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli, in Peshawar, on Tuesday.

Beside others, members of the committee comprising KP Ministers, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi and Sardar Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, Secretary and Director Industries Department also attended the meeting.

During the meeting, it was informed that the total land of Bannu Sugar Mill i.e. 942 canal and 10 marlas was acquired by Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) in 1963 and then it was sold to a private owner in 1984, while the industry was handed over to the current administration i.e. Bannu Sugar Mills, (Pvt) Limited, later in 1998.

It was added that that the existing management had requested the provincial government to issue the NOC for shifting the assets and machinery of the mill to D.I.Khan from Bannu in 2013.After a thorough discussion over the matter in several cabinet meetings, the provincial government gave the approval of shifting the assets but the relevant departments was directed to enquire the actual position and reality of the mill’s land. Fallowing these directions, the Revenue, Law and Industries Departments had submitted suggestions and views related to the matter.

Reaching the complete and authentic position, the cabinet in his meeting on December 17 2015, constituted a three members sub-committee and was given the task to submit a detail report to the govt: analyzing that either the mills land was acquired by compulsory acquisition or on otherwise.

In this regard, the committee discussed different aspects of the entire matter, and it was decided to summon the SMBR and Deputy Commissioner Bannu, with all relevant record in next meeting of the committee. While it was also directed to collect the relevant record from the other stakeholders, as to study the matter in-depth for accurate and authentic report submitted to the cabinet.