Max damage being done to the UT exchequer!
By: M S Nazki
Transformers lying on the ground, poles standing firm, no wires put and the electricity scheme in frozen lands and yet we say that every village has electricity?
PDD Department, like its buddy PHE, has to travel miles to justify that they really are serving the people.
- If the situation is seen by the PDD hierarchy, they will themselves find it out as what we are talking about is not nonsense.
- If the scheme has been allotted to a village then it has to be completed but perhaps this is not in the working ethics of the PDD officials, both higher and lower along with their staff.
- With the ease that they postpone the work that can be done today to tomorrow is highly commendable, fully well realizing that the tomorrow they have spelt out will never come.
- This is a story from village Lassana in Surankote where the negative capabilities of the department are right to the forefront and the tomorrow that had to come two years back has not come.
- We talk of big things like governance to the door step, back to village, every village to have electricity and development at grass root but things are simply not happening in villages of Mendhar/Surankote. In fact they never were for so many years.
- Yes many leaders came up, some became ministers in the cabinet, they did an occasional good job but not much happened as in the interiors and far flung areas development was always the last priority. I will not be wrong in saying that the template is still the same, ‘last priority’.
- Reasonably if seen in District Poonch the only thing that happened, of course pre-fixed by the word historical, was the opening of the Mughal Road.
- But the same word historical should have been before the incredibly poor efforts put in by the men from PDD Department of the district.
- Why things are never completed by the Department will remain a question because one thing is certain that funds could not have been the problem because they came in plenty but the projects taken up never got completed. This one in Lassana has been lying incomplete for the last two years and there is no hope in hell that it will ever be.
- Why they have not been completed needs to be investigated because if the site of construction is to be seen then it can be said that the initial thrust was great but subsequent follow up disgusting and distasteful as ever.
- Another thing that the people point out is corruption in the Department. True or false the Department knows the best but by the look of things in Surankote’s village Lassana it looks that what the people are saying is loaded with truth.
- Intellectuals of the place and the social activists are on the dot when they say, a system is corrupt when it is strictly profit-driven, not driven to serve the best interests of its people. PDD Sub Division Surankote have yet to show that they are really interested in helping out the people!
Wherever there is power, greed, and money, there is corruption, this is so very true when you get into the interiors of places like Surankote. Beautiful place yet clogged up with filth dispersed by the men who have been assigned the job to look after the area and the people, lovely scenery, magnificent Suran river, great local architecture perched up in the hills, fabulous people, living simply but with an inherent desire to move up the ladder and bouncing kids with sparkling eyes loaded with hope of a better tomorrow. When everything is great then why is the place in the lower half of the draw? Negligence of the top officials would be an understatement. They can make the things move and shake if they so desire but they hold themselves for reasons unknown.
I. What is the story of Lassana about:
Well this was related to me by a social activist Sajjad Ahmed. He is a young enthusiastic young man, ever ready to help the people. In fact he was searching for me, I initially did not know for what? But when I heard the story, I knew it was a pot boiler because again the people were suffering because the PDD Department had left an important work incomplete, two years ago. This is what he told me:
- As per a scheme Village Lassana was given a massive allocation of four transformers, electric poles and the wires to be put for the sub villages around.
- It all started with a bang but now it’s a whimper and the reasons all center around the incapability displayed by the Department.
- The four transformers lie scattered on the ground, rusting and by now perhaps would have been dysfunctional. In case they are then they would be heading for the electrical diagnosis in a workshop. Thankfully Surankote has one.
- At three places the poles have been erected for the transformers to be put but the same has not been done and at the fourth place the poles are lying on the ground with no one to erect them.
- Wires are nowhere to be seen, whether purchased or not is also not known
- Obviously this paraphernalia would not have been without a cost. Another thing the PDD Department officials and the staff would not have bought them from their own pockets. It was the government money that was spent but for what cause and effect? In the end it was a sheer wastage of money and the people deprived of the regular electricity supply.
- So one can conclude by seeing the state of affairs that no one is interested in getting the pending job completed. The fault here is of the department. If the work had begun they should have raced on to complete it.
- The people are requesting the XEN PDD Department to look into this and ensure that the work at hand is completed. At the moment it is nothing but yet another edifice of incompetence as far as the Department goes. A similar request has been made to DC Poonch, who seems to be a man of action to take the necessary action that is long overdue since two years.
These are small stories from the interiors, to the men running teyhe affairs of the department. This may look another miniscule ones but that is not the case, because these people need this facility as we need sitting in cities and towns, their growing up children need it as our children do! The only difference is that we can get things sorted out with one complaint but they cannot because no one listens to them!