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War against corruption must begin from top: Harsh
11/14/2018 9:25:24 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Nov 14: Hailing the Governor for his stance against corruption in public life, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister said that war against the corrupt must start from the top by making the Ministers, MLAs, MPs and bureaucrats accountable to the system. He said that while a few cases of corruption had been brought to fore by the Governor, the politicians and bureaucrats behind the said scams had apparently managed to evade the process of law. And despite several instances of frauds, bunglings and irregularities having been attributed to powerful politicians, he said, none had been penalized till date. And contrarily the weak and un-influential had always been made the sacrificial lambs in the name of corruption, he regretted. Until and unless the big fish were trapped and punished under law, no initiative against corruption could prove worthwhile, said Singh. He was addressing a press conference in Jammu today. Appealing the Governor to take note of huge disproportionate assists raised by Ministers, MLAs, MPs and top bureaucrats by abusing their position and authority, Singh observed that the cleansing of staircase has always to start from the top. He said that huge state lands and Forest lands worth crores had been illegally usurped and encroached by several Ministers, MPs and MLAs and other powerful people with no cognizance having been taken by any agency including vigilante organizations despite repeated reports appearing in the media. He said that while the govt had started eviction proceedings against the poor, hapless, un-influential and marginalized sections, the rich and the mighty had been spared. Not only that they were being assisted by a coterie in the administration by either regularizing their illegal holdings by tempering and fudging the records or allowing them to continue with their illegal possessions despite proven encroachments.
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