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Published On:19 March 2012
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Corruption eating J&K: Forget probes, look for change

People must look and think for a change, a change which helps common people get rid of corruption, better choose poor and honest people, instead of rich and influential, otherwise, the day is not far behind when corruption will enter in every single house.


By Ajmer Alam Wani


Jammu: Earlier it was the militancy, which ‘broke-down’ the state of Jammu and Kashmir from inside as well as outside, socially and economically, pushing the development scenario far behind and now, since the elected governments came in existence after a long lull during active period of militancy, more dangerous phenomena called ‘Corruption’ is eating this state (once known as paradise on the earth), very fast.


During the study of this corruption phenomena, it has been established, that majority of cases of corruption, at all levels go unreported and unnoticed, yet it is surprising to see, that government despites having detailed records and cases registered, no breakthrough has been made yet to check the corruption effectively.


It has been analysed, that nothing concrete has been put in place to check the corruption, infect, since the so called war on corruption has been started, the more and more people are getting involved in the corruption and few things are coming in light, and the reason behind is political rivalry or the political war.


Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, himself disclosed on Wednesday (March 14, 2012) in the Lower House that 151 corruption cases against the serving as well as retired officers and officials are presently under investigation with the State Vigilance Organization (SVO).


The allegations against these officers and officials pertain to misappropriation of Government money, demand and acceptance of bribe, misuse of official position, illegal appointments, possessing disproportionate assets, making payments against un-executed works, making purchases on exorbitant rates and fraudulent withdrawals of money from the State exchequer etc.


Majority of these cases are under investigation, re-investigation under court orders and are at the stage of presentation of Challan. Some of these cases are pending with the SVO since 1991.


Worth mentioning here that, according to detailed information furnished by the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah in the Legislative Assembly last year, a total of 309 complaints of corruption, misuse of power, bribes, misappropriation, bungling and illegal appointments involving several present and former Ministers, sitting and former MLAs and bureaucrats were pending for disposal with effect from September 2005 till ending January 2011 in Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission.


Of these complaints, 221 were pending in the Jammu Wing of the Commission and 88 in Srinagar Wing and majority of these cases are on hearing and evidence stages besides proceedings in several cases have been stayed by the State High Court.


The sitting Ministers against whom complaints of corruption were pending include Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister for School Education, Peerzada Mohd Sayeed while as former Ministers against whom complaints are pending include Tariq Hamid Qarra, then Finance Minister, Abdul Aziz Zargar, then Minister for Agriculture, Mangat Ram Sharma, then Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Hakeem Mohd Yasin, then Minister for CAPD and Transport, Suman Bhagat, then Minister for Health and Medical Education, Abdul Gafar Sofi, then Minister of State for Health, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Sofi, then Forest Minister and Abdul Majid Wani, then Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development.


Among the former Ministers, Abdul Majid Wani, Hakeem Mohd Yasin and Abdul Gafar Sofi are MLAs at present. The other sitting MLAs, who were also facing corruption complaints are Ch Mohd Aslam and Rashpaul Singh (Chairman of Kissan Board with Minister of State status). The corruption case is also pending for disposal against former MLA Rajpora, Gh Mohi-ud-Din Mir.
The cases are also pending against IAS, IPS, IFS and KAS officers, former Vice-Chancellors of Universities, former Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, former Chief Engineers and former Director General of Police (DGP).


Senior IAS officers, who figure in the list include Mehbooba Iqbal, Sonali Kumar, Ejaz Iqbal, G A Peer, Mandeep Kour, Naveen Choudary, Pramodh Jain, N K Verma, Pawan Kotwal and Lokesh Jha while as IPS officers figuring in the list include Basant Rath, Dr S P Vaid, S M Sahai, P S Gill and Ashok Gupta, it said.


Though the State Accountability Commission was constituted under the Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission Act, 2002 to inquire into grievances and allegations against public functionaries, particularly Chief Minister, Ministers and Legislators but the clever people involved in corruption, manage the court orders (stay orders) against the probe my commission and thus the process continues.


And now ongoing assembly session, witnessed several walkouts during the Question Hour's by the Opposition parties including strong main stream PDP party over the issue of ongoing multi crore scams.


Raising the mult-crore scam issue in the Assembly and demanding CBI probe into alleged bungling of funds, PDP targeted National Conference (NC). The embezzlement of several crores of rupees was detected in Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) funds few days ago, following which the then two officials were sacked from the JKCA.


PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti also released a document to the press, which said “on the authority of letter issued by president JKCA (Farooq Abdullah), a loan of `1.9 crore was raised against own deposits of the Association on July 3, 2008 and proceeds whereof were credited to current account No. 90605 of Ahsan Mirza maintained with the Bank unit. The documents had been signed by J&K Bank's Khanyar branch.


Not the Opposition, but the people of this state, have to realise that what is in CBI probes, take the past examples, there had been several CBI probes but the outcome every time was, ‘relief to those involved.


People must look and think for a change, a change which helps common people get rid of corruption, better choose poor and honest people instead of rich and influential, otherwise, the day is not far behind when, corruption will enter in every single house. (To be continued)


[Ajmer Alam Wani is Editor-in-Chief of JK Monitor. He can be contacted at ajmeralam2000@gmail.com]

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