Coalition Govt promoting dacoity, not just corruption: Baig

Srinagar, Nov 12: Peoples Democratic Party has said the ruling coalition has broken all records of corruption by previous NC governments and landed the State in its worst administrative crisis.
Rounding off the tour of Kupwara district with a workers’ meeting in Zachaldara of Handwara constituency today, former Deputy Chief Minister and senior leader Muzaffar Hussein Baig said the NC-led coalition had struck the State like a natural calamity.
Baig said the present government had converted corruption into broad daylight dacoity with most ruling politicians facing serious charges of involvement in murder, fraud, nepotism and land grabbing. This had resulted in a unique situation in which nobody was in a position to question the other, he said, adding they had now found safety in coming to each other’s rescue in times of need.
He said the dissolution of the House panel constituted to probe allegations of land grab against a minister represented the lowest point in moral decadence of a government. “Everyone will henceforth feel free to indulge in loot as all institutional vigilance has been demolished. The legislature is only the latest victim and most powerful institution to be trampled by the present government,” Baig said.
Baig said the Chief Minister had lost all moral authority after the Haji Yusuf incident in which his own name and that of Dr Farooq Abdullah figured around transaction of money for granting party mandates and ministerial berths. This was followed by the cricket scam in which Dr Farooq Abdullah is in the dock in a multicrore swindle which saw money meant for promoting sports going into the pockets of the cricket association bosses. Baig said the government machinery and institutions instead of being allowed to conduct independent probe were used to protect the ruling family from legal scrutiny.
“Omar Abdullah is now only repaying the debt he owes to all those politicians and officials who supported and protected him then and he will continue in that weak moral position for his entire political career,” he said.
The former Deputy Chief Minister said on the one hand government leaders indulged in loot of resources and on the other the governance had become a nightmare for the common man. He said the government had failed on all fronts and it was a matter of shame that central funds allocated to J&K were now diverted to north eastern States because of our inability to spend. The unlimited funds available for universalization of education could have transformed the State into the most developed human resource bank but the government's inability to utilize them had resulted in huge setback to the schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Sakshar Bharat.
“Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as the minister in-charge could not escape direct responsibility in this,” Baig said.
Baig said the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had slammed the government for its inefficiency and corrupt practices in almost in all departments. His reports had detailed the frauds perpetrated in the last four years but instead of making any attempt at improving its performance the government was busy making compromises for its survival, he said.
Referring to the problems of youth, Baig said the NC had historically exploited them on emotional issues without doing anything for their growth. He said the party was treating everybody in the State as a beggar and the latest instance was denying the youth their allowance for voluntary service under the much touted policy for employment of youth - the Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY). He said the youth had been denied allowance for months together. Similarly, the youth engaged in national youth corps (NYC) are now forced to agitate on streets without any response from the government, he said.
Earlier, Baig addressed similar meetings in Kupwara, Karnah, Lolab and Sopore constituencies.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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