Jammu Tawi, April 16
Expressing grave concern over the burgeoning corruption in the State, Harsh Dev Singh chairman Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) and former minister today appealed to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to activate, strengthen and effectively empower the anti graft bodies including SAC, SVC and CIC in conformity with her slogans of bringing Accountability and Transparency in the government functioning.
In a press statement issued here wherein Harsh Dev Singh lamented that the deep rooted culture of patronized corruption was fast spreading its tentacles and had plagued and engulfed the entire system in the absence of effective control mechanism. He said that most alarming aspect was not the money exchanging hands in the unwholesome bargains but the open defiance of norms and procedures, fearlessness and audacity displayed by corrupt elements in executing such illegal bargains.
Describing the Civil Secretariat as the fountain head of all corruption in the State, Harsh Dev Singh remarked that it was a classical example of darkness reigning at the foot of the light house. He said that right from the issuance of transfer orders to the release of funds and to further disposal of routine files, everything had a price in the Secretariat. He said that with highest seat of power having earned the most dubious infamy, the reputation of the incumbent govt. stood completely unraveled.
Alleging that corruption had become a norm rather than an exception in the Secretariat, the highest seat of power, Harsh Dev Singh lamented that even the routine files were not being disposed in the ordinary course without ‘pleasing’ the concerned authorities. He said that it was a normal practice to keep the files pending for months together only to be forwarded and processed after the vested interests were served. In several cases, silly and absurd queries were raised by the helmsmen in the files only to delay and deny and to harass the applicants who did not ‘entertain’ and