|SRINAGAR, Nov 18: PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today said by justifying corruption on the pretext of coalition politics chief minister Omar Abdullah seems to be offering a license to politicians and civil servants.|
Addressing a public meeting at Sangrama of Baramulla district Mufti said it is not just displaying signs of surrender on anticorruption front but it amounts to creating a space within the political system for wrong doing and immunity against malpractices.
Mufti said blaming corruption on coalition politics is without logic as there have been good examples of coalition governments providing clean administration which are being admired universally. He said even in Jammu & Kashmir the previous PDP-Congress coalition had scripted a success story in administration inspite of very difficult circumstances at a time when militancy was still on and the political system had just started reasserting itself.
PDP patron said that numerous new initiatives had been taken by the previous coalition which has provided foundation for a new political culture and developmental environment. He said all the regions of the state had for the first time enjoyed political empowerment and participation in governance and decision making. But, unfortunately those initiatives have been wasted as a result of lack of political direction and seriousness in governance.
Similarly, Mufti said on the developmental front it was ensured that all regions and sub regions received their share of funds and that they were utilised properly. He said an effective monitoring system had been put in place to ensure that projects were completed in a given time which produced impressive results. He said one of the main reasons for corruption is lack of monitoring at the leadership level which results in delay in execution and siphoning of funds meant for development.
Former chief minister said the money that goes into private pockets is actually people’s resources which are meant for providing amenities like power, roads, water, health, education etc.
Mufti said the present government has virtually demolished all anti corruption agencies by initially delaying their constitution and later diluting their jurisdiction. He said it was for the chief minister as leader of the coalition to set examples of probity by submitting to scrutiny by institutions like State Accountability Commission (SAC). But instead of doing that the chief minister stopped the proceeding against him by getting a stay order from the court on technical reasons.
Similarly, the rules governing the State Information Commission (SIC) were diluted to make the commission ineffective which virtually takes away the right to information which had been secured by the people of state after a long delay. The state Vigilance Commission (SVC) and vigilance department are completely defunct for the last four years, Mufti said.
PDP patron stated that the initiatives taken by the PDP led government had triggered a revolution in rural economy through significant systemic interventions. He said the abolition of toll tax and establishment of local fruit markets in the state had led to sharp increase in horticulture returns and made the industry remunerative for the farmers once again. He, however, regretted that the present government had failed to carry the process forward and that the proposal for a cold storage system at various places in Kashmir had been shelved.
He said horticulture and agriculture could be developed on modern lines as an effective solution to the unemployment problem. He said Kashmir and other regions of the state were ideally suited for intensive agricultural operations which could increase productivity and make agriculture more renumerative. At present he said the increasing cost of inputs like fertilisers and pesticides has made agriculture a losing proposition. “The government must come up with plans to address this problems and it should not be difficult as the Government of India provides generous funding for development of agriculture sector,” Mufti said.
Speaking on this occasion senior party leader and former deputy chief minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig said the present government had converted corruption into broad day dacoity with most ruling politicians facing serious charges of involvement in murder, fraud, nepotism and land grabbing. This had resulted in a unique situation in which nobody was in a position to question the other he said, adding they had now found safety in coming to each other’s rescue in times of need. Beig said the dissolution of the house panel constituted to probe allegations of land grab against a minister represented the lowest point in moral decadence of a government. “Everyone will henceforth feel free to indulge in loot as all institutional vigilance has been demolished. The legislature is the only the latest victim and most powerful institution to be trampled by the present government,” Beig said.
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News Updated at : Sunday, November 18, 2012