SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Wednesday said there is a need for breaking “nexus” between politicians and bureaucrats to eradicate corruption.
According to a statement, Rasheed while addressing public meetings at Waisa, Teerina , Bicherwara and Khaipora areas of north Kashmir’s Handwara said, “Most of the state and central-sponsored schemes have become like money making machines for a huge section of government employees. Despite availability of funds in PHE, public works, rural development and other departments, common man is feeling deprived of basic amenities.”
“While ministers are busy with finding unique ways to build their empires, officers and bureaucrats with their full patronage seem busy in looting the public money. If an honest investigation is carried out, 60 to 80 percent employees of engineering wings, rural development, revenue and social welfare will find their place in jails,” he said.
The AIP president appealed state government employees and their bosses to “re-fix (your) goals and ambitions and feel some sense of responsibility so that the state gets at least some governance”.
He said the frequent strikes, law and order problem and political instability can never be accepted as an excuse to resolve day to day burning issues of common man.
Government employees, being part of the society, should realise that by serving in far-flung areas and being busy with executing developmental works is not a favour to common masses, but they are all public servants and must never take common masses for granted, Rasheed said.
“It is high time for Kashmiris, as a society, to decide that if the huge majority takes a moral ground while seeking resolution to Kashmir dispute, what is the justification in looting public funds?” the independent MLA said.