Admn protecting corrupt officers: JCCI

JCCI president Rakesh Gupta addressing press conference in Jammu on Friday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
JCCI president Rakesh Gupta addressing press conference in Jammu on Friday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

‘Extension in service to tainted officer unfortunate’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 5: The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has alleged that Governor’s administration was protecting corrupt officers and not taking any action against them.
In a press conference held here today JCCI president, Rakesh Gupta said that hollow and false claims of the State administration of acting against corruption, by patronising and promoting corrupt bureaucrats and senior officers, stand exposed.  He claimed that it was on August 21, 2013 that the Ministry of Personal, Public Grievances and Pensions sanctioned  prosecution of Baseer Ahmad Khan in FIR No. 08/2009 with regard to infamous Gulmarg land scam.

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Gupta questioned the recommendations for  extension of service and sanction for the same from the Chief Secretary of the State and the Government of India. He said Chamber time and again raised fingers and conveyed to the Governor that corruption in the Government departments was at its peak and not only the business people but the people at large are suffering because of no accountability of the Babus in the State.
JCCI president  further alleged that some corrupt bureaucrats were ‘spreading terror through their pen’ which was  more dangerous than the militants as far as national security and national interest is concerned. He also said that giving extension in service after retirements to such Babus in the system is like a reward in lieu of corruption. He said that this extension order was a slap on the face of honest findings of the investigating agencies and a challenge to the judicial system as well.
The JCCI also objected to the traffic restrictions imposed by the State administration on civilian vehicles between Nashri and Qazigund from 10 AM to 3 PM during the duration of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra. He said that this proves the utter failure of the administration to secure the highway between Jammu and Srinagar which was the life line for all.
He also said that the logistic cost increases  manifold, perishable goods get damaged, zero facilities for drivers and cleaners along highway with no mobile toilets and the time limit of E-way bills expires. Other office bearers Rajesh Gupta, Rajeev Gupta and Ashu Gupta also accompanied.