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JAMMU: Reacting strongly to the issuance of the recent Government Order amending the CDF rules so as to cover up-gradation of private houses within its ambit and also doubling it to Rs. 3 crore, Harsh Dev Singh, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister, described the move as the most glaring example of abuse of position and authority by helmsmen urging at the same time upon the State Accountability Commission (SAC) and State Vigilance Commission (SVC) to take cognisance of the nefarious move.
Describing the order of the Planning and Development Department as ill-conceived and notorious, he said that it had not only doubled the CDF from its existing limit of Rs. 1.50 crore but had also further incorporated an odious provision in the amended rules legalizing the irregular releases of CDF in the past for up-gradation of private houses made by majority of ministers and MLAs in contravention of the existing norms.
He said that irregular releases of CDF for up-gradation of houses without there being a provision in the prevalent norms had created huge uproar with several media reports of “cash for vote” scam appearing prominently in various newspapers.
He said that even the State Governor had ordered a probe into the said scam of gargantuan proportions whereby several crores had been released by legislators, in blatant disregard for norms, for repairs and up-gradation of houses but the same was regretfully scuttled by the government and the delinquents shielded. He regretted that the recent amendment in the rules was a clever ploy used by the government to give protection to the delinquent legislators for having circumvented the CDF norms and to legalise the illegalities committed by them in the past. He was addressing a protest organised by JKNPP at Exhibition Ground here on Thursday seeking the withdrawal of the illogical and perverse order on CDF.
Lambasting further the government order enhancing the CDF of Ministers, MLAs and MLCs to Rs. 3 crore which cost the State exchequer Rs. 187 crore per annum, Harsh lamented that the present BJP-PDP Government was working for its own loaves and fishes at the cost of the poor and marginalized sections. He said that earlier the BJP-PDP doubled the salary of its Ministers and legislators besides doubling all their perks, their TA, DA, Car allowances, Housing loans, refundable travelling express, sitting fee etc. And all this notwithstanding the grim financial position of the state with wages of daily rated workers, Casuals, Contractuals, Safai-Karamcharies, Asha workers, Anganwari workers, NHM employees and SSA teachers unpaid for months and years.
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