Srinagar: National Conference (NC) working president, Omar Abdullah, on Saturday accused the PDP-BJP ruling coalition of destroying public institutions in Jammu and Kashmir by sidelining established legal norms of recruitment. The trend, he said, was marring the merit and leaving future of youth in hands of “corrupt politicians”.
“Ever since PDP-BJP (coalition) government came into power, all its ministers including the CM started treating public institutions as their personal fiefdoms. No regard is being given to reputed recruiting institutions such as Public Service Commission, (and) Service Selection Board,” Omar said while addressing district committee members from Kupwara and Pulwama at NC Headquarters in Nawa e Subah.
He said that the incumbent government had gone into overdrive, dismantling the set selection procedures in various departments, thereby promoting unfair practices in government departments.
“Corruption and nepotism has become the order of the day as appointments don’t happen on merit anymore but are defined by the influence of the ruling dispensation on officers. This has become a source of discouragement to the hard-working youth of the State and the Chief Minister is herself responsible for bulldozing the state institutions,” a statement issued by the party quoted Omar.
“When our government was in power, we gave due credence to all the set procedures and every recruitment was as per merit. The scenario however has not remained the same and if the trend continues it will do irreplaceable damage to our institutions which will reflect in the way they operate on ground. This government has made state governance a hub of corrupt and shady dealings and autonomous institutions have become overtly anti-youth.”
Since the PDP-BJP alliance took over the affairs of J&K, youth have been dealing with uncertainty and hopelessness. Omar said. “The PDP-BJP Alliance hasn’t been able to deliver on one single promise that it had made in the ‘Agenda of Alliance’. Development has come to a grinding halt and the prices of essential commodities have sky rocketed. This Government has failed to dispense even its most basic responsibilities”, the NC working president said.
Speaking at the occasion, NC general secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar, expressed grief and sorrow over the spate of civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir. He said, “J&K is passing through very volatile times. Not a single day passes without news of civilian deaths and maiming. Over the past week, hundreds of people have been hospitalized after sustaining grievous bullet and pellet injuries and the government of the day is unmoved. The government must rein in the forces and establish a sense of security among Kashmiris which is their primary responsibility.”