Roofless polling booth in Rajouri District during the seventh phase of Panchayat polls tells a sadistic story of development the State Governments have been talking till date. This is a reality that most of the remote areas in Jammu, Kashmir and Leh have been devoid of the fruits of development. Though district officials have initiated action against three officials in this case after some pictures of the school building without a roof, which served as a polling station for the seventh phase of Panchayat elections in a remote village, went viral on social media on Wednesday. The polling station, which was set up at a Government Primary School at mountainous Keri-Kotecharwal village in Khawas Block of the district, came under spotlight when some photographs showing the dilapidated condition of the building started circulating, attracting criticism from the netizens. The polling staff and the security personnel, deputed in the village for the duty, looked astonished in the pictures while standing in front of the roofless building atop a hill, coming as a major embarrassment for the administration. Such incidents mock the security apparatus placed for the smooth conduct of Panchayat elections in the face of terrorist threat and the political parties boycott call. Surprisingly the three officials against whom action has been initiated were the same who were asked to assigned the job of physical verification of the polling stations in their block for smooth conduct of the polls. It looks these officials did not physically inspect the polling station and did not review the infrastructure or basic minimum facilities there resulting into embarrassment for the district administration. It also speaks about the pathetic condition of education infrastructure in remote areas. School must have been functioning roofless and nobody must have taken cognisance as the information may not have gone beyond the local officials. Isn’t this also a form of corruption under which government money has been usurped without any remorse? For State Governments all these years look as if the situation is proportionate to vote value or the vote bank politics. Reacting to the pictures, the netizens criticised the government for the dilapidated condition of the school and raised questions. Here the questions are being raised over the spending of funds pumped by the Centre under various schemes to ensure better infrastructure for the students.
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