Following directives of the Supreme Court over findings of the flood inquiry commission, the government of Sindh on Tuesday dismissed five SDOs and eight engineers from the irrigation department.
The officials were dismissed over the findings of report issued by the commission which was submitted to the apex court two weeks ago.
The report had indicated dereliction of duty on the part of officials from the concerned department. The report also stated that the Tori bund had suffered years of neglect in maintenance that eroded its height to a dangerous level long before the flood season last year.
The report further said the nation suffered a loss of Rs 855 billion, besides complete loss of an additional Rabi crop in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan due to inefficiency and corruption in the irrigation departments of Sindh and Balochistan.
The gross loss to the nation was almost 5.8 per cent of the GDP. The report recommended legal proceedings against official in charges of irrigation structures for inefficiency, negligence or corrupt practices identified in departmental inquiries. The then Sindh irrigation secretary and the chief engineer at Guddu were well aware of the poor state of Tori bund long before the flood and they had adequate time, but failed to take corrective actions, the report said.
The report further added that the chief engineer and irrigation secretary consciously and deliberately tried to attribute disaster to inadequate maintenance and funding constraints. Likewise, the superintending engineer and executive engineer, in charge of the breached bunds in Guddu and Kotri command areas, were also responsible for the catastrophe, it added.
The report did not rule out the possibility that certain elements within the irrigation hierarchies misled the political leadership about benefits of creation of additional water storages.