‘Govt Legitimizing Corruption On Coalition Pretext’

‘Govt Legitimizing Corruption On Coalition Pretext’

18 November 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: By justifying corruption on the pretext of coalition politics Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah seems to be offering a license to politicians and civil servants, said Peoples Democratic Party patron, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sunday. Addressing a public meeting at Sangrama in Baramulla district, Mufti said, “It is not just displaying signs of surrender on anti-corruption front but it amounts to creating a space within the political system for wrong doing and immunity against malpractices.” Senior party leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig, party general secretary Mohammed Dilawar Mir, MLAs Mansoor Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari were also present and spoke on the occasion. 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. “Even in Jammu and 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.” The PDP patron 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. He said the money that goes into private pockets is actually people’s resources which is 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.” The former chief minister said numerous new initiatives had been taken by the previous coalition “which has provided foundation for a new political culture and developmental environment”. He said 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. Mufti said 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. “At present the increasing cost of inputs like fertilizers 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.” Expressing concern over the inability of the government to utilize developmental funds, Mufti said the Comptroler and Auditor General of India (CAG) had repeatedly pointed out lapses and instances of corruption in most of the schemes as a result of this the government has become a nightmare for the common man.