Srinagar, Sep 14: Taking strong note of the corrupt practices in the state, the Governor Satya Paul Malik has directed authorities to set in motion exercise to initiate action against corrupt officials and also examine the disproportionate assets of tainted officials.
Highly placed sources here in the civil secretariat said that scores of government employees have come under scanner of Governor Satya Paul Malik for their alleged involvement in corruption.
“The Governor’s office at civil secretariat and Raj Bhawan is monitoring the activities of these officials on day-to-day basis and action against some is expected soon. Governor has asked the authorities to make a system in which whosoever involved in corruption will be dealt with,” sources said.
“I have no problem to say that there was corruption in the administration in Jammu and Kashmir. We have taken action against 2-3 senior officers. The Government is examining the situation and will seize disproportionate assets of the officials. It is the share of the people, which the corrupt people are swindling. This can’t be tolerated,” sources quoting Governor said.
Sources added that most of these tainted officers are working in different departments like R&B, Health, PHE, and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).
Sources said that government will sent their files to State Vigilance Organization (SVO) and other agencies for making fool-proof cases against them. “To make the case fool-proof, the Government will backup these with documentary evidence from anti-corruption bodies and other agencies including the Criminal Investigation Department of the police before further action,” sources maintained.
Sources further said that governor has been informed that tainted officers in the state have been from time to time saved by the respective heads. “Cases are hushed up at the instance of seniors and are not taken to their logical ends. The officers, who should have landed in jails for their wrongdoings and unlawful acts, have risen to the higher ranks,” according to sources, governor was informed.
One of the top officials of the government said that the corruption was a major challenge in the state with various anti-graft agencies receiving complaints on routine bases. “It is true that corruption is a major challenge for the government and its adverse effects on the society cannot be underestimated,” the official said.
Defeat attempts of provocation, maintain traditional amity: Congress appeals people
Jammu, Feb 18: A meeting of Senior Leaders of J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) was held at Jammu to take stock of the current situation in the wake of the suicide attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.
The meeting was presided over JKPCC President G.A. Mir and attended by several senior leaders included former MP, former minister, former legislators and senior functionaries of the party.
The meeting observed two minute silence in memory of all those martyred in the recent attacks including the four army personnel in the encounter at Pulwama today.
The meeting expressed great shock over the loss of precious lives and conveyed deep sympathies with the families of the Martyrs and prayed for the early recovery of the injured. The meeting commended the Security Forces who are fighting and eliminating the terrorists least caring for their lives in order to defend Nation and its citizens.
The meeting reviewed overall scenario in the state and elsewhere in the country following the anger of the Nation over the biggest ever attack on Security forces in the State, which resulted into huge loss of precious lives.
The meeting reiterated the resolve of the Nation to unitedly fight against the terror which is threat to the peace, unity and integrity of the Country.
The meeting felt that the need of the hour is to maintain peace, unity and religious brotherhood at all costs and defeat the nefarious designs of the enemies of our Nation and not to allow such designs to succeed in any manner.
The meeting further said that people should defeat any such attempts of provocation to disturb the traditional amity and brotherhood in Jammu region and elsewhere in the Country. The meeting also extended full cooperation to the Governor’s Administration to maintain peace and normalcy and also appealed all sections of the Society to extend full Cooperation to the law enforcing agencies to ensure peace and communal harmony, so that the security forces carry out their anti-militancy operations to fight and eliminate the menace of terror.
Expressing grave concern over the increasing incidents of Militancy and attack on our Forces both within and on the Borders in the recent past the Party asked the Centre Govt to take more effective and befitting measures to counter Pak sponsored terrorism at all fronts, so as to ensure safety an security of the citizens and our brave soldiers.
PDP marches against attacks on Kashmiris
Srinagar, Feb 17: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday took out a peace march in state’s summer capital, urging upon the central government to ensure safety of Kashmiris staying at present at different states across the country.
A peace march taken out from PDP’s Srinagar headquarters was led by PDP vice president Abdul Rahman Veeri and also witnessed the participation of senior party leaders including chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir, Khursheed Alam, Asia Naqash, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Dr Ali Mohammad and several others.
The leaders urged upon the governments of all states in the country to take all requisite measures so that minorities and people hailing from Kashmir valley aren’t targeted, harassed or intimidated.
The leaders also conveyed concern over the smear campaign launched against Kashmiris by few fanatic groups, exposing the already perturbed people to greater risks.
They also pitched for communal harmony and tolerance in Jammu region wherein few elements are out to defame the brotherhood and communal harmony about which Jammu region is known for centuries.
Meanwhile, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Lone Hanjura has urged the government t6 ensure safety of students studying in country’s various colleges and universities. Hanjura said that it is deeply concerning that the students have been made soft targets and are being harassed without any fault. He demanded adequate security to Kashmiri students, employees, patients who are staying in various states and also underscored the need of restoring law & order so that further untoward incidents are avoided.
Attacks on Kashmiris: Whose purpose do the mobs serve, asks Omar
Srinagar, Feb 17: Kashmir is not just a piece of land, it is the people that inhabit it, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah asserted on February 17, saying by attacking Kashmiris, they were being told there is no place for them outside the Valley and no future in the mainland.
“Young Kashmiri students studying outside J&K should have been feted as examples of people who have stayed away from the politics & conflict in Kashmir, choosing instead to make a future for themselves. By attacking them, terrorising them & forcing them to find shelter they are being told there is no place for them outside the valley & no future in the mainland (sic),” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.
The former Chief Minister’s remarks came following reports of attacks on Kashmiris in Jammu and harassment of Kashmiri students at places outside the State.
Abdullah said the enemy has been trying to drive a wedge between the people in Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country and asked whose purpose was being served by “ostracising Kashmiris”.
“Those hotheads that make up the mobs doing this damage need to ask themselves (if they have the mental bandwidth) whose purpose is served by ostracising Kashmiris. Our enemies & those who back terrorism in J&K have been trying to drive this wedge so please please let’s not do their job for them. Kashmir isn’t just a piece of land, it’s the people that inhabit it (sic),” he said.