Srinagar: Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) on Saturday demanded a high level probe into the conduct of the Minister of state for PDD Farooq Ahmed Andrabi and outgoing Commissioner PDD Secretray Dheeraj Gupta in creating hurdles in the implementation of schemes meant for power infrastructure in the valley.
The KCSDS in a statement said that outgoing commissioner/secretary PDD Dheeraj Gupta during his recent tenure in power department has been detrimental both to the interests of the department and his mere transfer in no way constitutes punishment that he deserves.
“The members demand a high level serious probe in his conduct and deliberate dereliction of duty and responsibility and exemplary punishment for what has been indicated in the report,” it added.
KCSDS said that MOS Power Syed Farooq Andrabi has been accused by the outgoing commissioner/secretary power of being instrumental in cancellation of tenders which halted the infrastructural schemes for the valley.
KCSDS also said that Minister of Power cannot absolve himself of the responsibility of depriving the valley of its due share in power supply or infrastructural up-gradation and hence his role must be fixed, and he must be removed for causing such distress and hardships of citizens in the harsh winter if proved guilty.
“While analyzing the reports, KCSDS members observed with utter disappointment that a section of imported bureaucracy, owing its allegiance to RSS and other anti-Kashmir groups and parties, doesn’t only put blockades in the progress and prosperity of the valley but deliberately try to subject valleyites to hardships and miseries, “statement reads.
“It is intriguing that successive governments have miserably failed to punish or make any of them accountable for such dereliction of duties,” statement added.
In an emergency meeting of the KCSDS, the members expressed serious concern over the continued power crisis in the valley with depressing scheduled and unscheduled arbitrary cuts and dismal voltage. The members accused the government of discriminating the valley not only in the quantity and quality of power but also in the up-gradation of transmission and distribution infrastructure.
“The cancellation of tenders for up-gradation of distribution infrastructure in rural areas of the valley after having gone half way through the tedious tendering process is yet another example of clear sabotage”, the members added.