Mining mafia, some bureaucrats conspiring to weaken PRIs: AJKPC

AJKPC president Anil Sharma addressing press conference in Jammu on Monday.
AJKPC president Anil Sharma addressing press conference in Jammu on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, July 13: All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) today alleged that mining mafia and some corrupt bureaucrats in some districts of J&K are conspiring to weaken the Panchayti Raj Institutions and the Lt Governor must take stern action against the officers, conniving with them.
Anil Sharma, president of the organization along with Vikas Sharma, vice president of AJKPC and Block Development Chairperson from Lamberi in Rajouri, while addressing the media persons alleged that mining mafia is so active and powerful in Rajouri that they even interfere in the Panchayati Raj institutions.

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Citing an example of his own block Lamberi, Vikas said despite his repeated representations to the local administration about the illegal mining from rivers and other natural water bodies in  his block , the responsible officers did not take any action against the people involved in illegal mining but instead targeted him and using money and muscle power the mafia and corrupt officers intimidated local Sarpanches to bring `No Confidence’ against him. The officers in haste, without following the procedure as mentioned in the act fixed date for the `No Confidence Motion’ against him, which was totally illegal, arbitrary and in violation of the constitution of India.
He said, though the Court of CJM Rajouri stayed the proceeding of `No Confidence motion’ against him, but this development has exposed the nexus of mafia men and some officers.
Anil Sharma, said AJKPC fully stands with Vikas (BDC Chairperson) in his crusade against the mining mafia and revealed that soon their organization shall launch a full fledged campaign against all criminal elements including Land, Forest, Mining, Drug mafia and especially the corrupt mafia in bureaucracy. He said interference and intimidation by officers in the functioning of Panchayti Raj Institutions is unacceptable and AJKPC won’t sit quite over it.
He said, if anything happens to the vice president of the AJKPC or any other member of their organizations who are fighting against corruption or criminals, shall lie with the J&K Administration. He also appealed DIG Rajouri-Poonch and SSP Rajouri to provide adequate security to the BDC chairperson of Lamberi who is on hit list of criminals. He also asked the Pollution Control Board, Forest and Environment department and Geology and Mining department of J&K to remain vigilant and not let anyone to loot natural resources.