Sunday, April 24, 2011


Srinagar, Apr 24 (Only Kashmir): Following the footsteps of Gandhian Anna Hazare, Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference leader Muzaffar Ahmed Shah on Sunday came down heavily upon the state government for ‘practicing corruption’.
He said that corruption, instead of being confronted with courage by those in power, has been given a license, a long handle, as the men in power have their finger in the pie.
Speaking at a press conference in Srinagar, senior vice president of the Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference said that it is 'really sorry' to state that Jammu and Kashmir in the whole country is regarded as the most corrupt state.
"People in power as well as bureaucrats are all indulging in malpractices. They are all corrupt. Corruption is rampant in all government departments," Shah said.
"Former chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Haseeb Drabu was removed because he refused to sign cheques worth 12 crore rupees
and I know for which this money was to be used," Shah claimed.
He demanded that disclosure of property details by state officials be made mandatory before they are promoted and the information be put in the public domain, as done for central government officials in the country.
He said that corruption and corrupt practices need to be confronted by a vibrant civil society like the one seen with Anna Hazare in the lead.
"The Jammu and Kashmir needs to be armed with Lokayuktha. We suggest that the members from civil society in Lokayuktha committee be included to make it transparent and vibrant in the interest of the state," Shah said.
He said that mismanagement of funds in the central sponsored schemes, rampant corruption practices in the employment sector and in the transfer of postings have created a fuss in the state and people no longer support the present state government.
He said that his party has taken an initiative and it will make people aware about the implications of rampant corruption in the state.


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