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1.5 Million Bags of Wheat Missing from Balochistan Food Department

Balochistan Food Department Faces Major Corruption Scandal: 1.5 Million Sacks of Wheat Missing

Quetta (Online) – A major corruption scandal has surfaced within the Balochistan Food Department, revealing the theft of 1.5 million sacks of wheat. This incident has led to the provincial government incurring daily interest charges of Rs 20 lakh to commercial banks on the missing wheat.

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Sources indicate that between 2008 and 2013, the food department borrowed Rs 2.7 billion from commercial banks to purchase wheat. The plan was to repay the debt by selling the wheat; however, the repayment was hindered due to the wheat being stolen and wasted. Consequently, the government is now burdened with paying Rs 20 lakh in daily interest from the state treasury due to the unpaid loan.

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The current government has assured the High Court that it will address the food department’s outstanding debt. In response, the government has allocated Rs 5 billion for wheat purchases and plans to use this amount to settle loans with commercial banks.

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