Former Minister and NPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh today said that J&K State was declared as the second most corrupt state in the country in the previous regimes, it certainly has qualified for the top post in the present era.
Talking to media-persons, Singh said that some recent orders of the Govt have facilitated the State in earning the most dubious distinction of being the most corrupt State in the country.
Expressing utter dismay over the new directive of the Govt appearing in the media today allowing Ex-MLAs to use CDF, Singh said that such an order provided the most glaring example of loot and plunder of State’s resources by corrupt politicians in connivance with unscrupulous bureaucrats.
He said that it was unprecedented in the history of State rather Country that members of dissolved Assembly were being granted permission to use the CDF grants despite the same having lapsed with the dissolution of House.
He said that it was a unique case of loot of tax payers’ money in collusion where the Ex-MLAs and top bureaucrats had joined hands to defraud the exchequer. And when politicians and top bureaucrats had connived in the process of loot, the administrative machinery below was made to act as hapless accessory, Singh said.
Questioning the issuance of the most controversial order on CDF issued 45 days after the dissolution of Assembly, Singh called upon the Vigilante organizations to take cognizance of such a brazen irregularity.
He said that the tax papers’ money could not be allowed to be plundered by vested interests by throwing all norms and laws to the winds. He said that the CDF use order being violative of financial code and SOPs, it was required to be rescinded forthwith.
He said that the Planning Deptt surely was in the dock for having issued such an egregious order which could never face the test of judicial scrutiny.
Harsh Dev said that corruption had engulfed the entire State during the last few years with norms and procedures openly blown into smithereens for personal and political gains.
Execution of works without tenders, backdoor appointments, paid transfers and now back dated requisitions and orders on use of CDF had completed the vicious cycle of corruption, he said.