Governance has been the biggest causality in Jammu and Kashmir. The deliverance of services up to the grass-root level has remained a lost dream for the people. Hope came alive when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-headed coalition government took charge in the State people had great expectation in seeing improvement in governance, which for that matter Mufti had proved earlier in his 2002 stint as Chief Minister. People wanted to see a less corrupt and better administrated government and the first signs came alive when government sacked 63 civil servants at one go on the grounds of corruption and non-performance. The shock came when some of them were exonerated of charges and reinstated after some times. The whole exercise looked like an eye wash. It looks government was fooling itself and not the people or the affected one. It was as if sacking of 63 civil servants was to send a message that government won’t tolerate deadwoods and is bent upon giving transparency in governance. Even this type of cleansing exercise was carried out during Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s earlier stint as Chief Minister. Today, neither there is Mufti Mohammed Sayeed nor there is any government which crusades against corruption. The main feature of this perpetuated corruption in public dealing which counters in government offices is that all the concerned officers are solely united behind their motive and a sort of wholesale contract is smoothly run by them. There are middlemen between these counters and the interested parties in the respective cases. They serve the process on behalf of their parties, make payments and get the job done. Strict laws should be made to deal with the corrupt practices providing for termination of service, suspension and stringent penalty for dereliction of duty. Declaration of property and assets of the government employees should be made compulsory and routine and surprise inspections/raids be conducted by special sleuths of enforcement to check and report. All this has been there even during the National Conference-Congress regime also. Seeing the spread of corruption one can assume that corruption is an integral part of life and one cannot expect any change.
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