The war against corruption cannot be just fought by law it has to be fought on many fronts. A situation is needed to be created where in the corrupt feel stigmatised and not glamourised. Unfortunately, corrupt in Jammu and Kashmir keep enjoying clout as also patronage. There is a sinister nexus between politico-bureaucratic actors, who have polluted the environment to such an extent where war against corruption appears to be a far-cry. However, the grit and determination with which Governor Satya Pal Malik has taken on the corrupt system, a new hope is rekindled among the common masses. They watch developments on this important front with optimism and want to be part of the larger campaign against corruption. A slow but steady beginning has been made as the people have hugely become active on social media and other forums, which is perhaps one of the most pragmatic way forward in the fight against corruption at the moment.
Bharat Bhushan Singh, social activist, said, “If we talk about corruption in J&K it’s among the top corrupt states in the country. Since the Governor Malik has taken the reins of J&K Government, the whole scenario is changed drastically. I hope if the elected governments do the same in future the things will he much better for our State,” he added.
Singh said that the present chaotic situation in the State could largely be retrieved through a transparent and accountable dispensation.
He urged the Governor Malik to personally intervene into the matter and order a high-level investigation against all the illicit appointments and initiate action against the malefactors without any further delay.
Reema Sharma, a homemaker lambasted the successive government for befooling the people of the State in the name of development.
She said the people of Jammu region were already facing discrimination due to Kashmir centric policies and the involvement of politicians in promoting backdoor appointments has demoralised them.
She said the recruitment scam exposed by the Governor Malik has lit a ray of hope among the people who are the victim of discrimination and corruption. She said the J&K State should be continued under the Governor’s rule so that the corrupt elements could be dealt in a befitting manner.
Balraj Singh, Panch Constituency Ward No 6 Satwari demanded probe into alleged illegal backdoor appointments made by the political leaders by ignoring the deserving candidates.
Accusing the previous regime for maneuvering large-scale backdoor and politically motivated appointments in several government departments besides refusal to entertain the candidates duly selected by recruitment agencies, he sought a high-level probe into the entire gamut of fake selections made by the previous government. He said that the backdoor appointments have been made in various government departments at the cost of bonafide and meritorious candidates. He urged upon the Governor to probe all the recruitments and make public the persons involved in this black trade.
State Vice President Young Panthers, Partap Singh Jamwal expressed gratitude to Governor Satya Pal Malik for exposing the misdeeds of previous government which has invoked confidence among the youth of the State. Maintaining that corruption is the main cause of suffering of youth in J&K, he said Governor should bring transparency in the recruitment process in government sector to remove sense of deprivation and insecurity among the aspiring candidates. He said the Governor should ensure severe punishment for the corrupt government officials so that the wrong doers will think twice before indulging in corruption.
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