JAMMU, Mar 8: Pradesh Youth Congress activists staged protest against the Jammu Municipal Corporation for not showing its serious concern towards the corrupt practices by the senior officials and the concerned Advisor to the Governor.
Led by Uday Singh Chib, president J&K unit, the activists assembled in the front of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) during the day and raised slogans against the corrupt practices in allotment of tenders to non-local firms. Chib alleged that there was massive corruption prevailing in the Corporation wherein the works have been allotted in violation of existing norms. He mentioned that Youth Congress had raised the issue of awarding a contract to a non-J&K private firm regarding the allotment of hoarding space for the display of advertisements in the city. Unfortunately, nothing has been done and no action has been taken against the issues raised by them, he added.
Chib reiterated that JMC had allotted another contract to the same firm regarding the construction of bus shelters in the city with specific terms and conditions for a period of 25 years. Soon after the allotment of work, the terms and conditions of tender regarding bus shelters have been changed with a view to benefit a particular firm, Chib added.
PYC chief emphasized that the allotment of work order to a single firm for a period of 25 years has raised a question mark on the functioning of Jammu Municipal Corporation authorities. He further said that in blatant violation of norms, the JMC has changed the norms without issued an advertisement in the local dailies which is mandatory for the Government offices.
“This shows that the Jammu Municipal Corporation is working in sheer violation of norms, favoring blue-eyed persons by allotting such big projects. The allotment of contract to a blue-eyed firm under the regime of BJP had ignored the rights of others besides larger competition in the field,” Chib said.
Chib asked the Governor Satya Pal Malik why the action has not been taken against the guilty. Due to the corrupt culture, J&K has among the top corrupt states in the country that why the J&K has not progressing with the others states of the country.
Others PYC leaders Ajaz Choudhary, Vishal Chopra, Sandeep Sharma, Sahil Singh Langeh, Avijot Singh, Nakul Sharma, Baber Ali, Jagdeep Chahel, Rajat Manhas and others also accompanied.