Flood victims accuse PHE staff of seeking bribe

Executive engineer, PHE division, Bijbehara, R K Pandita asked the villagers to approach him with a written complaint. “I recently suspended an official on same charges. Please tell the villagers to approach me with a written complaint. I assure you that, if found guilty, all of them will be placed under suspension,” Pandita said.

Anantnag : The people of flood-hit Shamsipora village in this south Kashmir district Thursday accused the public health engineering (PHE) officials of demanding bribe for supplying water to them.
A delegations of villagers told Kashmir Reader that the officials of the PHE posted in the area were asking them to pay rupees 500 per household for water supply connection. ” After several complaints of improper water supply to our Mohalla, the PHE officials decided to supply water to our us from a new supply line and sanctioned pipes for the purpose,” they said.
The work on the line was completed few days back. Now that they had to supply water to us, they have started demanding Rs 500 from each household,” the villagers alleged.
The delegation said that refusal to pay the bribe aggravated the officials. “When we refused to pay the bribe they starting shouting at us,” Sajad Ahmad Ganai, a local said.
“They later fled from the village without providing the connections and said that they will come tomorrow,” Ganai added.
The villagers have demanded stern action the “corrupt officials.” “Our village was hit by flood last year. Most of us are still feeding on the relief material. But these corrupt officials shamelessly ask bribe from us,” the delegation members said.
We demand a stern action against these officials, they added.