KISHTWAR, Oct 4: Senior Congress leader and MLA from Inderwal Ghulam Muhammad Saroori today called on Vigilance authorities to probe the role of Minister of RDD Abdul Haq Khan, Director RDD Jammu RK Bhat into purchase of tree guards, sign boards, dustbins, plants, back door appointments in Jammu Division.
The MLA further alleged that the perpetrators involved in burning of BDO office Kishtwar and destroying record are still at large even after the lapse of one year.
In a press statement issued here today, Saroori said that RDD department has become a hub of corruption and demanded that the case should be handed over to CBI to probe the case regarding mass scale corruption and irregularities.
He alleged that there are multi-crore scandals in RDD in purchasing of tree guards, sign boards, dustbins, plants, back door appointments at the behest of Director RDD Jammu and later approved by RDD Minister which is gross violation of guidelines as was described in the Act. He said that tiles were procured for various developmental works at higher rates added that in order to cover the misdeeds; BDO office Kishtwar was set on fire by those involved in embezzlements.
“Kishtwar police despite knowing facts is groping in the dark, fails to question top officials of the RDD department,” Saroori said adding that police under political pressure is not showing keen interest in solving the case and punishing the culprits.
He said that SSP Kishtwar must show professional approach so that the culprits involved in burning of BDO office Kishtwar are brought to book.
Saroori said that it is high time for the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to order CBI probe into embezzlement in RDD Department with regard to role of his senior Minister and Director RDD Jammu so that the faith on the Government institution could be restored among the poor masses that are connected with the RDD department.
He said that large scale backdoor appointments were also made in the department including in Kishtwar district where political workers belongs to ruling BJP and PDP were engaged through ACD, without advertisement of Posts.
Saroori said department has made huge purchase of material under MGNREGA in violation of guidelines while at the same time payments to poor job card holders under unskilled payment quota has been deprived from their legal rights since last more than two years.