Privatization: Ex-employees of Dadu, Thatta sugar mills get Rs 170 million

KARACHI: Sindh government on Thursday approved funds amounting to more than Rs one hundred and seventy million-Rs 170,298,765-to 1259 ex-employees of Dadu and Thatta Sugar Mills.

The amount was due on Sindh government after both sugar mills-earlier owned by provincial government- were sold out and the employees were put in the surplus pool in 2006, which were later absorbed in different departments in 2007.

According to summary sent to Secretary Service, General Administration and Coordination Department (SGACD), finance department approved sanctioning amount Rs 170298765 to 1259 ex-employees of the two sugar mills for intervening period from 24 July 2006 till their absorption.

The amount is placed at the disposal of SGACD department, which would distribute it to the recipients on furnishing non-payment salary certificate within the fiscal year 2013-14.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an ex-employee of the sugar mills said that they had been persuading the provincial government since 2007 for their payments and finally it was approved in 2014.

“It was a long time since we have been persuading this matter and during this course many of the ex-employees have either retired or expired,” he said adding that the payments vary between salaries due from six months to two years.

He urged government to immediately issue the amount and said that still a long process was left as it was an end of the fiscal year and any delay from the other concerned departments would drag this issue to the next year.

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