Lahore: Ombudsman Punjab Javaid Mahmood has ordered Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board to expedite the process and dispatch compensation cheques of “Kisan Package” swiftly to concerned district administration as early as possible for distribution among entitled farmers.
According to details, farmers of Tehsil Noshera Virkan, District Gujranwala, namely Muhammad Tabraiz, Muhammad Afzal, Muhammad Nawaz, Irfan Ahmad, Muhammad Mansha, Ijaz Ahmad, Muhammad Mustafa and Qaisar Mahmood lodged complaints to Ombudsman Punjab Javaid Mahmood that survey teams, deployed by the government, conducted survey and spot inspection of their paddy crop and sent reports to the concerned authorities for compensation under “Kisan Package” but they were still deprived of cheques.
Ombudsman Punjab directed Advisor Ombudsman District Gujranwala Zafar Iqbal Gill to probe the issue. During course of inquiry, DCO Gujranwala submitted report that names of complainants were included in lists of entitled farmers after thorough survey and spot inspection. Further processing is pending on the part of Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board.
“Cheques would be delivered to the entitled farmers as and when received from Chairman PITB”, responded DCO Gujranwala. Ombudsman Punjab remarked that a number of framers had lodged complaints for not receiving compensation checkques under “Kisan Package” even after completion of survey. “Delay in distribution of compensation cheques under “Kisan Package” is earning bad name for Punjab Government”, said Ombudsman Punjab.
He issued orders to Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board to expedite all case, already received in the office and dispatch the compensation cheques swiftly to concerned District Administration for onward distribution to entitled farmers as early as possible.