JAMMU: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday accused government of undermining the institutional mechanism of District Development Boards, saying the PDP-BJP dispensation has set a wrong precedence of diluting their efficacy.
“Governments come and governments go but the sanctity of institutions had to be maintained for the larger interest of the State and its people”, Rana said while addressing Jammu DDB meeting here.
Rana, who represents Nagrota Assembly Constituency in the Legislative Assembly, took strong exception to the absence of Ministers and Administrative Secretaries in the meeting.
“This speaks volumes about importance being attached by the government to the institution of District Development Board. Except for three ministers, two of them MLAs of the Jammu district and three administrative secretaries, others did not find it appropriate or worth their status to attend such meetings, he said and described the nonchalant attitude of the functionaries of the government, ministers included, and their arrogance as insult to the people of Jammu.”
He added that Jammu district, like rest of the state, is braving the brunt of developmental paralysis and administrative inertia, which could perhaps be a compelling factor for the ministerial and other senior administrative representatives of the government to avoid the opposition and defend non-performance of over three years.
“In any case, this sad state of the state of affairs is undemocratic and unpardonable”, he said, adding that absence of concerned deprives the Board of knowing about the status of various decisions taken by the Board.
Rana also said that administration has failed in reaching out to the people. “The lackadaisical and motivated approach of the government in the implementation of the decision of the previous government with regard to administrative units and said the consequences were seen in parts of Rajouri district. The situation is similar in other areas, like Jandrah, which has been deprived of functional Tehsil office despite assurances in the Legislative Assembly and other forums. Such a response has alienated the people from the government,” he said.
The MLA Nagrota also referred to the huge expanse of Jammu district and demanded to carve out of two more districts—Jammu Urban and Jammu Rrural—with separate funding to ensure planned development.