But the PHE department has its own set of problems as regards the water supply!
The basic problem is that the contractors are messing the whole thing up.
Tenders are floated but there are no takers of the same. And neither would they allow anyone to work!
Money sanctioned for the 57 schemes in Sub Division is over 2.73 crores and that is big time money but if the contractors do not want to enter the fray then why not search for new ones!
As such, monopolizing of contracts is out of the question.
It is not that the people would die of thirst anyway till the Indian Army is there anywhere in District Poonch but it’s not the time for excuses but definitely a time for discussing options and a resounding action!
None of the reports given by us is untrue since it cannot be but if the funds are available for the poor then why not use them appropriately.
The PHE department has to still work on the subject but the matrix they are searching for will never find a candle burning at the end of the tunnel and their Jal Shakti scheme is indeed elaborate but still I will say that it is inadequate at the most.
Floating tenders and not getting no contractors is a bit inadequate as far as paperwork goes. This has been the problem since ages in Mendhar and overall in district Poonch!
‘Who am I to comment on the PHE Department Mendhar and the overall functioning of the same department in District Poonch. In modern day terminology what is shown is basically to show the facts and what a stupid man like me has to see no one is shown. So the natural fall out is, never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence. Because of this the further fall from the top pedestal is that the most dangerous irony is, people are angry with others because of their own incompetence. Now who is incompetent and inefficient here? I have the answers but the people of Ghani have several.
The PHE Department has been set up for quenching the thirst of the people. But in the remote villages things are totally different and very different indeed especially so in the Pir Panjals. The area is vast and the water is less. There are reasons for that and the most effective one is climatic changes. In winters the problems are concerned with freezing in the monsoons and the rainy seasons automatically. The problem is dirty and contaminated water and in summers it is drying up of water resources. So what is the cure? There has to be one and the PHE Department should be finding one? If Indian Army Jawans can fetch the water then why not the PHE officials who are Sahibs! The reason is that they have a hamstring pulled always and every time? I do not have to tell the reasons because all boil down to the same? Do I have to mention that also now! Corruption, love for lucre, graft, under the table money, contaminate everything and curdle up the whole thing as if they are fermenting milk to curd.
I The options and the excuses sorry I will add another word callousness and not taking care of the people.
Water is a necessity but the supply remains poor.
Yes now the affirmations are coming in that funds are available.
Add to this the fact that even if the money is available the local contractors are not interested to work.
Four tenders floated yet the options are running out.
The locals are simply of the view that outsiders will not be allowed to work.
Even the Panchayat top guns reading out are proving to be a hindrance.
The problem is a maximized one and thus no excuses are permitted, just options and sublime action!
If a dead mouse corrupting in the walls produces a terrible smell then what is the answer. If corrupt contractors who are out to fleece the public then the answer has to be the administration and if corrupt business practices are there in PHE that should be investigated and that is a requirement as of now at least in PHE Mendhar. But still the question to quench the thirst of the people’s water is needed. It has to be the PHE Department that has to do it and not water tanks of Indian Army! I hate incompetence. I think it’s probably the only thing I do hate. But it didn’t make me want to rule people. Nor to teach them anything. It made me want to do my own work in my own way and let myself be torn to pieces if necessary. Hope this will become a huge necessity. Finally I will conclude by saying I have great respect for the achievements of the government, but in some areas I do acknowledge their incompetence and inefficiency! Sorry for saying that though. At least in the village of Joy Ghani in Mankote there is a real problem with water!