Governor Satya Pal Malik has been forthright in saying what many believed but feared to say. Terrorism and corruption have emerged as a flourishing and well knit industry during the past three decades that is eating up vitals of society at large. The convergence between the two has given rise to a wedge between haves and have nots. The beneficiaries of the disturbed situation have become elite and neo-riches whose credentials are not hidden from the people. While terrorism is regarded as Jihad, corruption has become a sign of status. While frank observations of the Governor have created furore among the neo elite of the State, who are fuming, it has enthused many who find expression of their inner feelings in the voice of the Governor. Here is what people say.
President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal said, “Our party will welcome any step to nail corrupt elements given that the clean-up process is conducted without fear and favour. Corruption has eaten into the vitals of the society.” Asking the Governor to empower State Accountability Commission and State Vigilance Commission, Shah Faesal demanded that all vigilance inquiries against officers and ministers closed in last ten years should be reopened and rule of law re-established. “Eliminating corruption from J&K will need that the Government acts against high and mighty whatsoever party they belong to, rather than making it look like an operation against the opposition”, Shah Faesal added. “It should not be limited to a few people but the ambit of enquiry should expand to include people who held important public offices in last twenty years, including those from the ruling party, against whom there are serious complaints of financial irregularities”, Shah Faesal said.
Vinod Sharma, retired bank employee said, “I welcome Governor’s statement on fight against corruption. It is Utopian dream to have a corruption-free society but efforts by governor are praiseworthy and are required to be endorsed at all levels rather than being criticized as is the case of certain so-called mainstream politicians of the Valley who seem to be affected badly by governor’s crusade against corrupt. These entities during their stint had failed to contain the menace of corruption but surprisingly now they are questioning the stand of governor.”
Somnath Sharma, a retired government employee, said “Everyone knows J and K is most corrupt state and statement coming from Governor for the first time in the history of the State has some weightage. Governor stating “don’t kill innocent kill corrupt” shows the sincerity of the administration to deal with one of the worst social evils prevailing viz corruption.”
Monika Khajuria, a Lecturer opined, “I do not think Governor has said anything wrong. There is a need to end corruption and save the common man. He has appealed the youth indulged in terrorism to join mainstream and expressed his stand on terrorism and corruption. I do not understand why people are taking it otherwise. Those standing against governor’s posture on curbing corruption are needed to be questioned regarding their support to this menace as no sane citizen is expected to act like this.”
Pratibha Sharma, an entrepreneur said, “Governor has made a right statement by saying that the government of India will never bow before guns and corruption in Kashmir has to go. Those opposing the harsh stance of the governor against misdeeds of corrupt have no rationale behind their logic rather they seem to be part of this gamut involving acts of omissions and commissions hampering badly the development tempo of the State. It is high time that people should give unconditional support to governor in his move to create a corruption free J&K. I extend my support to Governor in this regard and appeal all to do the same for ensuring exemplary development and long lasting peace in the region.”
State President, Akhil Bhartiya Bharashtachar Nirmulan Sangharsh Samiti, Jammu & Kashmir, R.C Sharma endorsed the statement of Governor Satya Pal Malik in which he expressed his inner feelings over the rampant corruption and also indicated about the hardcore corrupt politicians who mishandled the State and forced the youth to take guns in their hands instead of pens. He appreciated the Governor for showing mirror to those politicians who have ruled the State for decades together and encouraged corruption at every stage. Focusing on the reactive statement made by some politicians, whose family ruled the State mostly, he said that the statement of Governor was a prick to the corrupt politicians to expose them in the State and the purpose is achieved as they immediately reacted. He said that there is an old saying ‘A guilty conscious fears every knock on the door’ and so these politicians to divert attention from their corrupt practices are condemning the Governor’s statement.
Rakesh Gupta, President Chamber of Commerce & Industries said, “Chamber welcomes the statements of the Governor against corruption as this menace has crossed the limits and tightening noose around the corrupt is the need of the time. ‘Actions speak louder than words’, it will be in the interest of all if the governor’s administration will take appropriate measures to contain corruption and start crusade against those involved in looting and plundering State resources for their personal benefits”.
President Mandli JK Suryagram Vikas Samittee Jaseel Singh Salathia has hailed the statement of Governor in which he asked terrorists not to kill the innocent people but target those who looted Kashmir. Salathia highly appreciated Governor’s crusade against the corrupt people, irrespective of their position, rank and file, who amassed wealth and created property not only in the State, country but abroad also. Salathia said that corruption has gone deep into the veins of masters and machinery of the departments against which a bold and stern action is needed which is possible only during the rule of this Governor, who has spine and strong will power to tackle corrupt head on.
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