Some people in Kandi Gulutha Mendhar have lost every hope and the reasons are specific!
‘If we have elected a sarpanch who does not care for us and is busy minting money then the fault is ours and we stupidly voted for the man and smilingly cheated us. It is vital for him in Kandi Gulutha to continue going up personally while the entire village is going down because our village will inevitably collapse and it will be in need of people like him and his son who is GRS (Gram Sevak), These people and their stooges have managed to improve themselves while everything else is falling and deteriorating was what Munawar Khan had to say when he was clearly angry and addressing people while telling them that they have been ditched on a mega scale in each and every respect as far as development goes. Both father and son have ruthlessly eaten into the funds that the government had made available for the works to be carried on. No job came up but on papers everything looks to be fine. Funds sanctioned were gobbled up and for sure this sarpanch and his son had to be taken to the cleaners for putting up an atrocious show as far as development goes. Yes we have elected them but perhaps this would be the last time because the man has earned the max at the expense of the village. The pathetic condition of the village Kandi Gulutha is worth seeing. Munawar Khan by now was a furious and a smoked man and his anger was clearly directed at the sarpanch and his son both heavy duty money minters and are going on relentlessly! Wonder why the administrative stalwarts sitting in Sub Division Mendhar are not in a reactionary mode. Incidentally they never were and the possibility is less that they would ever be’!
A place which accepts to live a third-class life is just a third-class nation! If a place wants to be called an honorable nation, it must use the option to refuse any kind of policy which is against human dignity! No refuse, no honor! If you don’t refuse a bad governance in this case panchayati raj, you deserve it all the way! Perhaps these people have been fooled always and every time and that is the reason as to why they want the overindulgence of the administration because a raw deal remains a raw deal. Rural body elections were held with tremendous gusto and the promises made were the maximized ones but was delivered turned out to be a lead balloon. Maybe the government wanted governance at the door steps of the people but in the enthusiasm forgot that corruption has been the dreaded termite in Jammu and Kashmir. It still is and the basic reason is that it has seeped deep and is right at the level of Panchayats. Kandi Gulutha is an example of that where the sarpanch has leapt out of his mainframe. If people are to be believed then the development enunciation is in deep bore wells. Even in the DDC elections the people participated with enthusiasm but now they are morose. Nothing has happened on the ground and the people are apprehensive that will it ever? By the look of things the same cannot be said with assurance. In any case how can it be when a sarpanch is sitting as a serpent as if he has been given the license to gobble up money because he and his son are doing precisely that without any stoppage time!
I. The problems:
The people feel that the sarpanch is not interested and is primitive in thinking, ugly and clumsy as far as the villagers go since he does not listen to them. So far he has worked on his own without taking the masses into consideration as far as developmental works. They feel that he has got the once in a blue moon sort of an opportunity and he wants to make as much as he can make because the next time he is at the end of a cold shoulder. GRS could have been any learned young man and there are plenty in the village which is in Balakote. But he still chose his son and the people know what the GRS are capable of. Other things that Munawar Khan said were as follows:
No developmental works have been done on the ground.
But on papers everything is complete and no inspection of the same has been done
Funds were released as per the 14 Finance Commission release thematics but where they were used no one knows. It cannot be because everything is missing on the ground.
Everything that has been done has been on fake bills.
A sarpanch alone cannot do the same and thus the role of the rural development officials cannot be ruled out.
The sarpanch owes allegiance to the National Conference and thus is now showing his true colors.
This a massive scandal where embezzlement has taken place in a big way.
The people are also levelling allegations that the sarpanch and his son are making the maximum of the funds received and after taking their share the rest is distributed to down the chain members.
Munawar Khan was emphatic that an inquiry is a must here and it DC Poonch Inderjeet who should take good care of this money making scam.
The people of Kandi Gulutha are emphatic, if the agenda in a place like this is constantly changing, sometimes even hourly, you must know that someone is either ignorant or on a cheating spree and of course incompetent! And perhaps worse, you are run by people who see only their self interests. The people have suddenly found a belief that they are a chosen generation with one voice of unity, we the younger generation are saying, enough of brutality, poverty, corruption, and bad governance. So let the candles of transformation be lit. Perhaps they are already being lighted up in Balakote, Subdivision Mendhar!