The money is meant for the people but why use it for them fully, use some but guzzle up maximum is the maxim which the officials follow!
If it is asked from them that what is their opinion on this trust me the prompt answer would be, are you talking out of your head and so are they (people)?
But by now the masses are fully aware that what they deserve in the form of development they will never get. What they will get ultimately is a substandard, slipshod and pathetic work.
They by now have also come to know that no one is interested in their welfare. It is just a passage of theory that is in vogue in the district where the officials come, spend their time, earn whatever they can by underhand means (by the way it’s a huge amount) and then leave the stage for the new incumbent to come and have his or her fill. The relay race of corruption continues.
This is yet another story of corruption from Tehsil Balakote and it’s not the first one that I’m writing and trust us it would not be the last either!
‘ If observed in a keen manner one can easily find out as to how a government official especially in PWD (R&B) Department works and what are his priorities which in turn are of the department as such and your findings on seeing would be with the official lost in thoughts and perhaps speaking to himself, ‘did you really think that we want those laws to be observed? We want them broken. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government official has is the power to do things his own way. Who wants to work with honesty? What’s there in that for anyone? We want the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and we are simply not interested in keeping the people informed, just keep giving them the hope of tomorrow and let that tomorrow not come’. I could be wrong in my interpretation but those who have got the rough side of such an incident will immediately know that this is the attitude of the officials. In Balakote. Many have experienced that!’
What else do we have to expose and investigate corruption and maintain informed citizenry in sub division Mendhar? When all levels of government and the justice system are abusing power, where can people go with claims of that abuse? Only the press seems to be an option and that too an honest media man and that is what they did as the people of Balakote led by a Youth Front Leader Zaheer Ahmed Khan along with people was wanting that the problems of the people should be listened to. He was speaking on a three kilometers stretch of a road from Birhyani Gali to Bhuruti Public Health Center (PHC). Obviously I thought it had to be concerning the condition of the motorable stretch and it would be the same run of the mill story about the people driven to a corner. But it was not. I had something bigger in it as the allegations being made by the people were not ordinary.
With the passage of time the syndrome in which people are living is that of suspicious minds. After seeing so much corruption, broken promises and broken dreams anyone could enter into this psychological matrix. The people of Balakote indeed have and whatever and whoever the administration and officials they simply do not believe much in them. Some have gone to the extent of saying that ‘if they (officials ) do not have to work then why do they come in contact with us. If the idea is to show their faces then we dimple are not interested and the only reason for such frustrations is bad dealings, corruption and the thinking that nothing moves without a bribe being paid. By the way, it is true in all respects. They (people) have also realized that they have all acted like sheep, blindly following the herd and leaning on their powers, which were not much in lieu of knowledge. But knowledge is what could save them. They have learnt it by heart.
Zaheer Ahmed Khan the Youth Front leader had plenty to say and he started in his own signature style, it’s not that I have 0% trust in administration here, it’s that I have 100% trust in percentages. He was goddamn serious about it and this is what he followed up with:
The road stretch from Brihyani Gali and Bhuruti PHC is just three Kilometers and it is in the close vicinity of the LOC.
This for a huge department like PWD (R&B) was a toothpick of a job but they messed it up here also as they have done so on other roads of the sub division.
A few months back the road was black topped. The people were happy as they love small joys in life and the maintenance of the road in a village is probably the biggest.
But the small joy was short-lived as the black topping came out as the rain blew it off as it does to the mud and reduces it to slush. The road was reduced to a water clogged stretch where even walking had become difficult.
It is but natural that a shower of allegations had to come in and the same did with people saying many things at one and the same time.
The quality of work is poor because the idea behind the execution of a work is to make maximum profits on the substandard work put in.
The concerned JE and the contractor involved have yet again fleeced the government and made money at the expense of the people.
These are the people who are taking the Union Territory nowhere as their only prioritized aim is to earn more and more money by black hand deeds and deals. This is yet another incident that reflects the same thinking.
It is the EXN PWD (R&B) district Poonch who has to look into this but he seems to be a disinterested man. And why should he be interested when he knows he will get what he wants. This is not me saying but dissatisfied people who are doing so.
Zaheer did not stop here. He further went on to say that DC Poonch should intervene to check out things and should initiate an inquiry team to check out as to what are the problems in the PWD (R&B) Department. Some people can speak wrong, agreed that a few too can but everyone cannot speak wrong all the time. They are in sub-division Mendhar in general and Balakote Block in particular! It’s time to take things seriously about the roads. They are in a horrendous state.
We know that the scenario today is that wicked snatch a widows baby from her breasts, taking the baby as a security loan. They condemn the innocent in its tribunals and release the guilty through bribery. Keep this in mind for what is said is meant and what is meant is said. Let the truth of the true shepherd guide his sheep instead of the wolves in sheeps clothing. They are incorporated to their personal interest using personnel as stock to build up corporate interest which is in plunder and control. Hope the message is understood. As such the times are bad, therefore why pulverize the people? They are already in the dumps? Why gobble up the government money? Just because you are in power does not mean that you can treat people as a redundant lot? After all, whatever you are, you are still a public servant and nothing else?