Inquiries against NC pile up
8 March 2003
JAMMU: The People's Democratic Party-led coalition Government tightens noose around the National Conference that ruled the State from 1996 to 2002. In the last two weeks itself, the Government initiated five inquiries against the previous Government. The Assembly Speaker, Tara Chand, has set up two House committees. One will look into the Rs. 60 crore liabilities in the Public Works Department which were due to decisions taken by the previous Government while ordering several development works during the election period. The members held the former Public Works Minister responsible for the liabilities. This was followed by another House committee to go into the irregularities in the Rural Development Department. The Rural Development Minister, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, responding to questions from Congress members, told the House that his predecessor had diverted huge amount of funds to his Assembly segment. The 11- member committee is headed by the PDF leader in the House, M.Y. Tarigami. Even as the Finance Minister, Muzaffar Hussain Beig, said in the Assembly on Friday that 'it does not look nice to order inquiry after inquiry against the previous regime' but he added a fact-finding team would go into the appointments made by the previous Government in violation of the Supreme Court's orders in Tourism and other departments. He even apologised to the House for giving incomplete information. The issue was raised by the PDP's Peer Mohammad Hussain and Congress members waved the order copies of beneficiaries. The members alleged that kith and kin of influential people were recruited through backdoor.