Harsh questions Govt’s definition of ‘deadwood’ and ‘corrupt’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 21: Describing the loud announcements of the Govt of dismissing the ‘deadwood’ and the ‘corrupt’ as absurd and ridiculous, JKNPP Chairman and former minister Harsh Dev Singh today questioned definition of the said terms being frequently used by it.
He said that while some inconvenient and uninfluential employees were being terminated by the Govt to retrieve its fast eroding credibility, the blue eyed officers of BJP seemed to have been granted immunity by it despite their most perfidious and immoral conduct.
Pointing towards the non disbursement of house compensation to hundreds of farmers of Chenani, Dudu, Ramnagar, Latti and Ghordi blocks by the respective collectors for their residential units dismantled for construction of PMGSY roads 8-9 years back, Mr Singh said that it provided the most glaring example of official red-rape, non performance and corruption besides contempt for the poor, indigent villagers. He said that despite funds having been placed at the disposal of District Collectors/SDMs by the PMGSY deptt 7-8 years back, the said collectors had withheld the said funds for extraneous considerations forcing the deprived farmers to lead a miserable life putting up in tents and sheds.
“Should these officers not be enlisted as `Deadwood’ for appropriate action in conformity with the Govt’s tall sloganeering on the subject? questioned Harsh. He said that the land compensation amount running in crores was reportedly being used to earn interest for years by the delinquent officers thus providing another glaring example of legalized corruption in the UT.
Referring further to the pilferage of ration meant for the poor by the CAPD in Udhampur, Mr Singh said that no cognizance was being taken of the huge scams in the deptt despite repeated complaints. “Hundreds of ration card holders are being deprived of their ration every month on one pretext or the other with the helmsmen appearing to have buried their heads in the sand. It is not the theft of ration which is so surprising?” asked Mr Singh.
Seeking personal indulgence of the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Mr Singh said that if such incidents were allowed to go scot free, the Govt would have to redefine the terms ‘deadwood’ and ‘corrupt’.