JAMMU: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam has taken the lid off the series of corruption in Jammu and Kashmir. Had what he spoke about the corrupt and corruption the other day been stated by a politician, one would have just shrugged off the shoulders to dismiss the serious allegations as yet another gimmick the lot is famous about. But when the top Babu of a State or Union Territory goes on record leveling grave allegations these cannot be just put under the carpet. These have to be established and decoded with every single detail and taken to the logical conclusion through established process of law. Therefore, this is time for the Chief Secretary to walk the talk. The guilty are needed to be named and shamed; framed and prosecuted for every sin they have committed. There is no other way out.The sensational disclosures have evoked ‘mild’ and ‘cosmetic’ reactions by lower rungs of political cadres, perhaps for the sake of record. The matter ended then and there. Senior politicians-the big fish-preferred to keep themselves off the scene. No hue and cry. No chest beating– the politicians are used to in this part of the country. No politician of worth took the fight into the power corridors to seek explanation of what the Chief Secretary spoke about. There is, of course, a reason for that. They, the hard skinned politicians, believe in letting the sleeping dog lie, lest it will bite them. More ‘cries’ could endanger the more their castles made by unethical means.The Chief Secretary has said what he had to. Now it is for the people to ask questions from the wrong-doers what they did and to custodians of the public exchequer as to how the course correction is made now.That the Kashmiri doctors working in the Middle East were drawing salaries in J&K is to be probed to identify the beneficiaries and the benefactors, the salaries recovered thereof and cases filed for fraud and deceit.The Chief Secretary stunned the Union Territory on August 7 by putting things in perspective by exposing the leaders of the “mainstream” political parties and separatist organizations. He minced no words while explaining how the mainstream leaders and separatists looted everything that came their way – money, land, jobs, contracts, everything.“J&K was a ‘broken state’, the governance was broken badly, there was no system, no rules and the decay began a long time ago. There was ‘no system’ in place due to years of misgovernance, corruption, and ‘unbelievable levels of fraud’ committed by leaders of mainstream parties and separatist organizations,” the Chief Secretary said while flagging land acquisition as one of the biggest scams.He was very candid about the scams in the Jammu and Kashmir Bank, which he claimed were milked by 30 families. Who are the families? Name and shame them.There is no secret about the reported 21 lakh acres of the State and Forest land” having been encroached in J&K, mainly in Jammu, including Jammu’s Bathindi, Sunjwan, Sidhra, River Ravi, high hills across Ravi, National Highway, Roopnagar etc.The Chief Secretary said: “There was a terrible situation here. Things were designed for corruption. Mis-governance and corruption were for so long that the system has collapsed from inside. The whole State was a big Ponzi scheme. There were scores of incomplete projects. Frauds in J&K were at unbelievable levels. There were frauds in jobs, frauds in projects, frauds were everywhere. Well, what is the hitch in booking the fraudsters, sealing all their movable and non-movable assets, whether in their names or those of their kin. Every beneficiary is needed to be brought to the book.The assurances held out by the Chief Secretary are meaningless unless and until the perpetrators of the breach of trust, loot and plunder are exposed before the people. Saying, “People in J&K have to keep patience to enjoy a whole lot of benefits of the Centre’s move to nullify Article 370 as many positive initiatives have not been rolled out fully yet”, is what the governance is all about but that does not mean the guilty will go scot-free.The Chief Secretary said. “Once the administration delivers development, create jobs, people will realize the positive sides. Delivery will happen. Reconstruction of the UT is not an overnight work. It takes time. The work is on”.So far so good Mr Chief Secretary but what about the corrupt and corrupt practices?
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