Jammu, 25-07-2022: Ridiculing the tall slogans of transparency, good governance and corruption free dispensation in J&K, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Former Minister and senior AAP leader today accused the current dispensation of allowing open loot of tax-payers’ money besides illegal encroachment of govt properties and Estates bungalows by BJP leaders. He said that despite the Assembly having been dissolved in 2018, the corrupt bureaucrats had allowed the BJP leaders to retain the govt mansions including ministerial bungalows in defiance of the SOPs and in blatant circumvention of the orders of the High Court. He said that not only were the said leaders allowed to illegally retain the Estates bungalows but several of them had been permitted to stay therein without paying any rent.
Referring to the reply obtained by him recently in response to an RTI application, Mr. Singh said that the rent outstanding against individual BJP leaders ran into lacs with the Estates Deptt authorities failing to act against such defaulters and illegal encroachers due to an unholy officer–politician nexus prevailing in the Deptt. Likewise, the power tariff ran into several lacs against several such BJP MLAs in respect of the Estates Quarters illegally retained by them. The BJP leaders therefore had not only usurped the said govt bungalows without rent but had refused to pay the power tariff bills which amounted to lacs with the officers concerned providing them due protection from law and penal action. And while the power connections of poor BPL families were cut off for non-payment of even a few hundred of rupees, the corrupt regime of BJP had granted immunity to these political persons to loot the public exchequer and abuse the govt resources providing the most glaring example of Jungle Raj prevailing in the present govt.
Not only the BJP leaders had been granted such unwholesome favours by the corrupt bureaucracy but it had allotted Estates bungalows in Gandhi Nagar Jammu after dissolution of Assembly for Apni Party office and People Conference office in violation of all rules, norms, regulations, bye laws, prevalent practices and procedures relating to allotment of govt accommodation. These parties had been provided accommodation for their political offices in Jammu in view of they being sister organizations of BJP. Likewise security was provided to political leaders on the basis of their political affiliations, proximity to corridors of power and other extraneous considerations without having regard to the actual threat perception and vulnerability of such political person. He said that several BJP workers and even contractors who had given donations and gifts to helmsmen had been provided security while denying minimum necessary security to the political persons facing serious threats from militant organizations including Hizbul Mujahideen and other terror groups. He said that he would prove his allegations of nepotism and corruption in allotment of security and accommodation in case the govt ordered a probe.
Mr. Singh added that several officers who had been allotted Ladakh UT and were no more serving in J&K UT had also been allotted Estates bungalows in Gandhi Nagar Jammu defying all logic and rationale. And while atleast six Estates bungalows had been allotted to officers of Ladakh UT, the J&K UT officers were accommodated in private bungalows hired on huge premium running into several lacs. The reply stated that atleast 44 govt officers were lodged in private bungalows in Jammu alone putting huge burden on state exchequer with none to take cognizance in a govt making haughty, supercilious claims of good governance and corruption free system.