There are many knaves of feeble hearts who go for bigger thefts in the department as far as District Poonch is concerned! This is yet another one as far as embezzlement of funds goes and again it is a poor man in a village who has been made a sacrificial lamb!
– ‘Years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper. But now it is in the interiors of District poonch! So let us play this big game of eradicating the corruption matrix in this beautiful place in the Pir Panjals’
-`othing new and nothing old the story is the same, so is the setting, so are the characters with the only difference being that faces has changed but the instincts are the same, so is the chair and so is the department, The Rural Development Department in District Poonch’.
-‘To be honest I would not be wrong if I make a black blanket statement that the poor are getting nothing as far as development goes except for a few kilograms of rations to survive and perhaps (elections could be any). The last to be held were the Panchayat and DDC in the district with the theme being governance at the doorstep. The idea was great but implementation was as rusted as it was because funds were misappropriated. The men who matter played the game as per set rules and regulations and all indicators were that corruption had paralyzed everyone. The very sight of money makes the eyes of the officials go white and thus become blind to the fact as to where they have to spend the money. On the poor it is not a necessity but on their families a blind urge! This is what happened and this is what I’m going to tell the story.’
-‘To make our world a better place, we need to build products that the corrupt cannot abuse. Yes the same was done to get the members elected from the poor strata of life from villages blocks and districts. The enthusiasm was great, the gusto amongst the people absolutely touching the skies, the flags were back, so were the trumpets along with the cymbals, fancy dresses and elaborate oratory. The festivities of elections are back! But what is promised in elections usually does not happen and in these elections the same thing happened! The poor man, the one who votes and elects the representative, was once again used as an index presser with ink on his nail on a machine.’
-‘If we elect the same corrupt tagged politician every time, that’s an obvious message that we don’t want a change. Good guys only win in movies, in reality it’s all the bad ones who bag trophies in the form of liquid cash. In district Poonch the same was happening and now also nothing much has changed. It may never!
-‘It is said that Political leaders are the reflection of our society. Is the society in District Poonch so starved of imagination? It looks like that the way scams happen and everyone knows as to who is doing it but none have the guts to get the man by his collar as to who is doing it. It’s time for people from the villages to rise and seek information as to what is going wrong and more importantly where. A man so habituated to corruption will always smile all the way and may be to the hearts of the people and that is where the poor get cheated because they begin to think and feel that someone is going to give them the necessary push towards getting to the second or third step. Momentarily he may feel so but in the long run he will still find himself standing where he was along with his family right at the base where he always was and destined to be there!’ In District Poonch the same has happened!
A corrupted truth is worse than the worst lie you can imagine. In this story the Rural Development Department in Poonch has done exactly that. Okay fine go ahead with the steal. But do not steal from the Government money meant for the poor! This gross misappropriation they have done exactly that and that too wholesomely. The officials in the department have unleashed the corrupted rule when imposing strictly on some people and disregard others. Maybe they would be saying that rumors travel faster than the speed of light. But this is goddamn truth as the documents suggest (see the picture and think for yourself)! This story was done by us and the action has been taken and let us see the end result!
I. What exactly has happened:
‘When those in power get busy counting coins, those with a lot of coins come to power soon. But the hands grabbing them are no more than beggars and that is what they are being called by the people as corruption threatens to dwarf the Rural Development Department in District Poonch!’
Corruption and embezzlement of funds is at its peak in the Rural Development Department.
Block Development Officer Mendhar in this district has sought an explanation from Technical Assistant, Sarpanch, Secretary Panchayat and GRS of Halqa Gursai Moori regarding alleged misappropriation of Rs 90223 funds and recovered rupees 90223 vide his letter number BM/2021-22/717 dated 19/07/2021.
Firstly the said BDO issued a show cause notice to above mentioned TA, VLW, GRS and Sarpanch vide number BM/2020-21/MGN/174-79 dated 29/04/2021.
In this notice the BDO has said that he received a complaint from residents of Panchayat Halqa Gursai Moori that the work namely ‘construction of SC work graveyard’ having an estimated cost of Rs 1 lakh does not exist on the site while payment have been made to some other persons of Panchayat halqa.
The BDO further said that he visited the spot on April 29 to find out the facts. However no such work was found on site in the mentioned Ward and Mohalla.
He said that complainants told him that the work was sanctioned for graveyard mohalla Chatala Gursai Moori but was not executed by the Secretary Panchayat and GRS concerned due to the unknown reasons.
Upon checking the details of work on MGNREGA site, he said it has been found that payment of Rs 90223 (total) out of which Rs 58023 for labor component and Rs 32200 for skilled part have been made to some other beneficiaries which ia clear cut violation of MGNREGA guidelines.
Later, the BDO has directed the Technical Assistant, Sarpanch, Secretary Panchayat and GRS of Halqa Gursai Moori to explain their position positively as to why such misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs. 90223 has been made?.
BDO in this notice informed officials that “In case of failure, suspension of Secretary Panchayat and termination of GRS and recovery of amount shall be recommended to the higher authorities without any further notice.
Although the recovery of an amount worth Rs 90223/ has been made, all officials are still working at their places of posting. Locals, complaint Manzoor Hussain Shah has said that, he has filed this matter before ACD Poonch, State Vigilance Commission on 25th of July this year but no action has been taken or initiated right now. He has appealed to Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to conduct thorough investigation into the matter and take strong appropriate necessary action against ACD Poonch, BDO Mendhar, Concern VLW, TA and GRS.
He has further said, there are some more works of which have been drawn without works in the above said Panchayat including the above mentioned works, tile work main road to Chatala ward number 3 worth rupees two lacs and drain Mohalla Chatala ward number 3 worth rupees one lakh.
Corruption in plain sight is often a distraction, or a sign that you have acted too late. It is the hidden decay that rots from the inside which we miss and hold more danger. In District Poonch it has been happening rampantly and it’s time to put a full stop to it. Somewhere the beginning has to be made, why not by sacking individuals who are supposed to! If money has been recovered then what are the corrupt men doing in the department. Probably searching for methods to recover the paradise lost! All the way in the villages and interiors of District Poonch it is innocence eroded into nightmare. All because of a very bad touch. The love for bribes by the corrupt is destroying the system here! Definitely a full stop is needed now or it will never be!