Jammu Tawi, December 28
Expressing grave concern over the loss of several hundreds of crores to the state which were withheld by the union government due to failure of the successive state governments to hold timely elections to local bodies, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister said that the lapse amounted to “maladministration” within the meaning and scope of sec 2 of the J&K state Accountability Commission Act. He said that non holding of local bodies elections was deliberate and politically motivated which had deprived the general masses of the developmental funds to which they were otherwise entitled.
He said that the government functionaries and the political class being squarely responsible for the losses sustained by the state, the state Accountability commission was required to take suo motto cognizance of the deliberate delay caused by the concerned Ministers and other helmsmen which has caused avoidable losses to the general public.
Singh that the 14th Finance Commission had provided a grant of Rs. 125.30 crore in the first instance for 2015-16 which however could not be availed and got lapsed due to govts. failure to hold such elections. He said earlier also Rs. 169.29 crores of funds under 13th Finance Commission for urban local bodies had lapsed for the same reason.
Reminding the Government of the assurances doled out by it repeatedly for early holding of ULB elections, Harsh Dev Singh regretted the ‘in-explicable’ delay and repeated postponements of the same despite the state Elections Authorities having indicated their preparedness on scores of occasions.
Expressing serious concern over frequent postponements of elections, Singh appealed to the State Governor besides SAC to intervene so as to check further violations of legal provisions for vested political interests and to further ensure that the people were not deprived of their genuine democratic rights and aspirations.