Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday urged Governor NN Vohra to fast-track the cases of alleged corruption and nepotism against eleven former ministers of Congress and National Conference (NC) as corruption was one of the major cause of alienation among the youth in Kashmir.
State spokesman of BJP, Brigadier (Retd) Anil Gupta, in a statement welcomed filing of charge sheet by the CBI against the NC President Farooq Abdullah in the infamous Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) scam and said that so far not even a single political person or bureaucrat has been convicted in high profile corruption cases in the state. Hopefully, this dubious trend will be broken and the guilty punished this time,” said Gupta.
Corruption has been one of the main causes of poor governance and disenchantment among the youth. Despite numerous corruption cases recorded by the State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) and the Crime Branch, the big fish continue to roam freely. In certain cases despite availability of evidence against the accused ministers and bureaucrats, no action has been taken and cases are pending for a decade or more, rued Gupta.
He alleged that there is an endless list of corruption cases and scams against 11 leaders and ex-ministers of NC and Congress. “One of the main causes of anger and alienation among the youth in Kashmir is corruption taking demon’s shape in the state and failure of the system to act against the corrupt.”
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s (CAG) reports tabled in the State Legislature had exposed Congress and NC as “institutional beneficiaries” of the Rs. 25,000-crore Roshni scam in Jammu and Kashmir, Gupta alleged.
Some of the scams involving high and mighty that require the attention of Governor’s administration are the Board of Professional Entrance Exams and MBBS seats scam; purchase of 8-room villa by a former minister in the costliest area of Dubai; multi-crore rural electrification scam in 2005 involving a Congress minister; massive recruitment scam in 2011 in the Housing and Urban Development Department; multi-crore scam involving procurement of sub -standard pipes and grabbing of government lands by ministers.