ISLAMABAD: The district government of Chitral has set aside millions of rupees for the repair and rehabilitation of madrassas (religious seminaries) owned by workers, sympathizers and supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) which are in power in the district.
Sources said the late DC, Osama Ahmad Waraich, had raised objections over the dubious allocations and deferred/halted the execution of many of the so-called rehabilitation works.
It is alleged that the funds were being doled out to the owners of the seminaries directly without floating any tenders for contracts.
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There were allegations, as reported by this newspaper, that the nazim had tried his best to transfer the late DC a few months before his death in the Dec 7 air crash for ‘non-cooperation’. However, the district nazim had denied the allegations at that time. Now it would be a test case for the new DC to look into the allocations if they have been made on merit or political considerations. At present Chitral needs much more to be done, especially in areas affected by the 2015 floods and the earthquake.
The sources said due to the lack of coordination and conflict of interests among different departments and agencies, funds coming for development and reconstruction activities in the floods and earthquake affected Chitral were feared to be going down the drain or ending up in pockets of corrupt officials and politicians.
The sources in the local government and the district administration told ChitralToday that there were about 150 million rupees for the village councils, 190 million for the two tehsil councils and Rs230 million for the district council. Besides, Rs230 million were utilized in the disaster affected areas from the CDLD funds through the deputy commissioner office while another 320 million were available for the same purpose.
Apart from these, there were also works to be done through the special funds of the MNA, two MPAs and the annual development plan of the KP government. But due to the lack of coordination among the departments and other agencies, timely utilization of funds in a transparent manner was not possible. The sources feared that the funds might lapse paving way for their misuse.
A district council member told ChitralToday that the district government had rejected a proposal by some members to allocate funds for each union council and made by-laws to make the allocations for each UC member. Under this formula, union councils with a few members such as the far-off and sparsely populated areas in upper Chitral were left with almost no funds while towns such as Drosh or Ayun took away the lion’s share.
A document available with ChitralToday showed that the district government has allocated funds for the repair and renovation of unknown private madressas and mosques in different parts of Chitral.
Many people raised eyebrows over the local government’s decision to spend the public money on the repair and reconstruction of private seminaries, that too without any tenders or contracts.
According to the document, the following mosques and seminaries were to get funds (mount mentioned) from the district government in the current fiscal year.
Repair and rehabilitation of mosque at Shogore, Rs. 100,000; repair and rehabilitation of Jamia Msjid Purgal Shishikoh, Rs. 100,000; repair and rehabilitation of madrassa at Shamsabad Drosh, Rs.100,000; provision of facilities at Govt Darul Uloom Shahi MasjidChitral, Rs. 370,000, improvement of Jamia Masjid Zezdi Terich, Rs.150,000; Imp. Of Darul Uloom Barum Ovir, Rs.150,000; Jamia Masjid Chuinj Mastuj, Rs.100,000; masjid Shaidas, Rs.100,000; Masjid Buandeh, Gohkir, Rs.100,000; Madrassa Hasnien Ovir Shongush, Rs. 100,000; madrassa maaz bin Jabal Lasht, Kosht, Rs.100,000; Madrassa Tehfiful Quran Melp Torkhow, Rs.100,000; repair of masjid at Charun Ovir, Rs.100,000; Madrassa Istaru Torkhow, Rs.100,000; Masjid Aisha Kroi Junali Booni, Rs.100,000; repair of madrassa Wazir Begandeh, Bohrek, Warijun, Rs.100,000; protection wall Jamia Masjid Green Lasht, Rs.200,000.
Repair and rehabilitation of Masjid Rech, Rs.100,000; repair and rehabilitation of mosque at Booni bazaar, Rs. 300,000; repair and rehabilitation of Masjid at Lone, Rs.100,000; Repair of mosque and madrassa Balla jme Masjid Qari Yousuf Chomurkhon Koh, Shalden Chomurkhon and Barendeh Chomorkhon, Rs. 698,000; purchase of carpets and generator for mosque at Barghuzi, Rs. 100,000; repair of mosque at Gohti Parabeg, Rs.100,000; repair of madrassa Iqamat-e-Deen, Singoor, Rs.500,000; repair of mosque at Shotkham Jughore, Rs.100,000; repair of madrassa Barenis Rs.100,000; repair of jamme masjid Jughor Kalan Rs200,000; repair of madrassa Talbat Hinchogol Jhugore, Rs.100,000; rehabilitation of masjid at Pashpara, Jughore, Izd Garam Chashma, Rs. 250,000; rehabilitation of madrassa Mori Lasht, Rs.100,000; repair of mosque Ishkul Lasht, Rs.100,000; repair and rehabilitation of mosque at Siwakht, Rs.100,000.
Repair and rehabilitation of madrassa at Bakrabad, Rs.200,000; construction of madrasa Bakrabad Denin Rs.100,000; sanitation scheme for masjid Morilasht Akhonzada, Rs.150,000; sanitation scheme for masjid Zondrandeh Ayun Rs.300,000; repair of religious place at krakal Ayun Rs.400,000; construction of toilets for Darul Uloom Mori Lasht, Rs.200,000; construction of toilets for Masjid Mokaram Thoriandeh Ayun Rs. 300,000; construction of toilets at masjid Mashatani Ayun, Rs.200,000; for Nimra mosque Faizabad Chitral, Rs.100,000;Khatija mosque at Murdan, Rs.200,000; masjid of Mughulandeh, Rs.100,000; Madrassatul Mustajab, Ayun, Rs.100,000; madrassa Uloom Amia Tordeh Chumorkhon, Rs.100,000; Madrassa Banat Dhok Chumorkhon, Rs.400,000; rehabilitation of Madrassatul Banat Ashirait Rs. 145,000; rehabilitation and additional work at Darul Uloom Drosh Rs. 1540,000; rehabilitaton of masjid and madrassa at Aam Dam Huzurbekhandeh Kole Kessu and Gaoch, Rs.700,000.
Construction and rehabilitation of mosque at Potaneandeh and Kesudeh, Drosh, Rs.200,000; construction and repair of Madrassa Tadrisul Quran Banat Shamsabad, Johrlu Quran at Istarum, Fatima Zehra at Kessu, Ummul Ashira at Kalkatak Dap and Qasimul Quran at Drosh bazaar, Rs.600,000; Rehabilitation of mosque at New Bazaar Drosh Parish, Nagar Jahan mosque at Kesu Gol, Eidgah at Naghar and Arandu Gol, Rs.600,000; repair of madrassa at Gumbat, Broz, Rs.141,877; repair/maintenance of Talmul Quran Albanat (nine rooms), Rs.300,000; Madrassa Talimul Quran Barenis Lasht, Rs.141,877; madrassa and repair of Ghazi Ghulam Nabi Marhoom mosque at village Mroi, Rs.300,000.
Reported by Zar Alam Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org).