Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tappedar’s plea to President for justice


By Mirza M Jodat Baig

KARACHI: An unrest has developed in the Sindh Revenue Department following the unjust treatment by the authorities against their staff particularly the ‘Tapedars’ belonging to Karachi.
A protest is feared soon as these employees reportedly have decided to take up the matter to President Asif Ali Zardari for justice.
According to the reports and survey conducted by National Courier as many as 12 ‘Tapedars’ belonging to the city have resigned in protest while the rest of the 20 were thrown out in the far flung areas of the province. On the other hand the persons who are close to the authorities and related to some ministers of other top brass of the ruling government have been posted in the city due to the reasons ‘known’ to everybody.
Over fifty ‘Tapedars’ from other parts of the province have been posted in the city limits which would only create problems as the working of land mafia is likely to strengthen further.
Sources said that the right of remaining in the town is of those employees who are residing in the city but they have been replaced by the persons of choice from interior Sindh.
It is feared that corruption would certainly rise in the already ill famed department due to the postings of outsiders while the local people would suffer as they would be made sandwich between the internal tussle of the department.
These employees are running from pillar to post as neither the City Nazim, nor any elected representatives are in a position to provide justice to these persons.
They have appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Ishrat-ul-Ebad to take immediate notice of the situation and action against Sindh Revenue Department which is involved in this grave injustice.
All of the 32 tapedars have claimed that they are the residence of the city and belong to the families of those who sacrificed their lives for the Pakistan People’s Party leadership, but regretted that they are being punished during their own party’s government.
The Tapedars themselves, of the PPP, are said to have complained that they did not deserve such a mistreatment by the Revenue Department despite the sacrifices and loyalty of the Tapedars to the party. (NC Report)