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Corruption in Billawar irrigation breaks all records
8 projects shown finished on papers, but yet to take off
9/18/2018 10:54:49 PM
Arun Trisal
Early Times Report
billawar, Sept 18: J&K figures among the most corrupt states of the country. A survey by the Centre for Media Studies puts J&K as the fifth most corrupt state of India and the most corrupt in north India. The State vigilance Commission issued a list of the most corrupt departments in the state, with the Irrigation department at the top of the list.
31 project works under PMKSY (Prime Minister Krishi Sanchayi Yojna) are under pipeline in which 8 works were allotted to Sub Division Billawar Irrigation department for de-slitting and maintenance. All these projects are on papers shown as "successfully finished".
But it has come to light that all the allotted 8 de-slitting project works have not been started at all, thanks to the AEE concerned who is "duly backed by some senior officers and contractors." Surprisingly, bills were forged to draw funds in the name of the works.
Varun Khajuria, Jagdev Singh, Narinder Singh, Naresh Singh, Darshan Singh, Babu Kumar and many other prominent people of the area pointed slammed the Irrigation department, saying that the AEE concerned "cannot indulge in brazen and huge corruption without the blessings of the higher authorities."
They disclosed that repair and de-slitting work on distributary from Bajja nalha to mulberry nursery has not been done, with the result that farmers could not harvest their crops due to unavailability of sufficient irrigation water supply.
The amount for maintenance and OTL has been duly drawn every year but the work is not being done at ground level, the residents said.
It is also reported that AEE visits his office just once a week. People demanded verification of the de-slitting works and Vigilance inquiry against the AEE Billawar.
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