KARACHI - Chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the Sindh Assembly, Jam Tamachi, has said that he fully supported the accountability in every department adding that due to "Sefarish Culture", the administration has been on a continuous decline for the last two decades. He said that situation could not be rectified and malpractices will continue if the Sefarish culture was not eliminated. He was talking to newsmen at his office on Monday after the PAC meeting on Food Department. Tamachi said that the wheat procurement target set by the food department could not be met due to certain reasons such as delay in opening of the procurement centres and non-availability of Bardana for transportation of staple grain. He added that this delay provided ample opportunities to the middlemen who purchased and hoarded wheat. Giving one instance, he said if there was a need of worth Rs5 million of sacks, the department purchased it to the tune of Rs8 million and resultantly the government suffered losses of Rs3 million because the Bardana rotted owing to non-availability of transportation. He said there were also complaints regarding the stealing of the sacks. Jam Tamachi said there was no provision in law for advance money for purchasing because traders supply substandard wheat to the government and also supplied old Bardana to the food department. "All this is going on in connivance with the officials appointed in the department on Sefarish because they do not perform their duties in an honest way", he said, adding that Dadu and Thatta sugar mills, which where once in the government control, have been shut down due to huge losses owing to the corruption of employees appointed there on safarish. On the contrary, he continued, the sugar mills in private sector are running in profit. Tamachi said that since he belonged to agriculture sector it was easier for him to detect corruption in food department. He said district food controllers should be held responsible for malpractices as the corruption in any department could not be committed without negligence and connivance of its officials. The Chairman Public Accounts Committee Sindh Assembly observed that General Yahya Khan Shaheed Z.A Bhutto had purged corrupt persons from government departments. He argued that situation could not be rectified unless the corrupt people were handed down exemplary punishment. He expressed dissatisfaction over reports of food department in which it tried to explain positions on various issues. The department, he said, failed to respond to the objections raised by the auditor and added that in the next meeting to be held in February, these issues would be taken up. He suggested quarterly intra-departmental audit and said that the district accounts committees should conduct fortnightly audit.