Mufti takes on Omar over corruption talk

‘Chief Minister Giving License To Politicians By Justifying Corruption On Coalition Pretext’

GK NEWS NETWORK

Srinagar, Nov 18: A day after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that it was “impossible” to eradicate corruption in a coalition system, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Sunday said “by justifying corruption on the pretext of coalition politics the Chief Minister seems to be offering a license to politicians and civil servants.”
 Addressing a public meeting at Sangrama in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, Mufti said “it is not just displaying signs of surrender on anti-corruption front but it amounts to creating a space within the political system for wrongdoing and immunity against malpractices.”
 Mufti said blaming corruption on coalition politics is without logic as there have been good examples of coalition governments providing clean administration which are being admired universally. He said even in Jammu and Kashmir the previous PDP-Congress coalition  “had scripted a success story in administration in spite of very difficult circumstances  at a time when militancy was still on and the political system had just started reasserting itself.”
 Mufti said the present government has “virtually demolished all anti-corruption agencies by initially delaying their constitution and later diluting their jurisdiction.” He said it was for the Chief Minister as leader of the coalition to set examples of probity by submitting to scrutiny by institutions like State Accountability Commission (SAC). “But instead of doing that the Chief Minister stopped the proceeding against him by getting a stay order from the court on technical reasons,” he said. “Similarly, the rules governing the State Information Commission (SIC) were diluted to make the commission ineffective. The State Vigilance Commission (SVC) and vigilance department are completely defunct for the last four years.”
 He said horticulture and agriculture could be developed on modern lines as an effective solution to the unemployment problem. He said Kashmir and other regions of the state were ideally suited for intensive agricultural operations which could increase productivity and make agriculture more remunerative. At present, he said, the increasing cost of inputs like fertilizers and pesticides has made agriculture a losing proposition. “The government must come up with plans to address this problems and it should not be difficult as the Government of India provides generous funding for development of agriculture sector,” Mufti said.
 Expressing concern over the inability of the government to utilize developmental funds, Mufti said the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) had repeatedly pointed out lapses and instances of corruption in most of the schemes as a result of this the government has become a nightmare for the common man.
 Senior party leader and former deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said the present government had “converted corruption into broad day 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 have 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 the only the latest victim and most powerful institution to be trampled by the present government,” Baig said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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