|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Aug 11: Merely a day after the Kashmir centric political parties in unison criticised Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam for holding them responsible for the mess Jammu and Kashmir is into, the CS has now come up with a detailed breakup of all the bungling done by these parties when they were ruling the erstwhile state.
PDP, NC, CPI (M) had criticised the Chief Secretary for his earlier remarks against the mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir. They had accused him of transgressing the limits and speaking the language of politicians. However, merely a day later, the CS has come out with all the details proving how these so called mainstream leaders plundered Jammu and Kashmir and created an unimaginable chaos in job policies, building of infrastructure and dashing hopes of the educated youth.
Giving the example of a scheme called ‘Rehbar-e-Khel’, the officer said 2,700 BA pass outs in sports were taken on a salary of 3,000 per month through district river committees, and after seven years they would be appointed as full-fledged physical education teachers. “These selections were done to fill 2,500 future vacant posts and the selection was to be done by the Staff Selection Board. There was no transparency.” In 2010, the officer said the then government created a National Youth Corps (NYC) in which college youth joined for only two years and Rs 2,000 as honorarium was fixed for them. “It was intended that soon after completion of graduation no youth would come into the NYC. They would be terminated. They were supposed to do blood donation, ‘Shramdaan’ for the public. In 2015, a total of 12,500 were told that they would be given permanent jobs. In 2017, they were all re-engaged for Rs 2,000 each and they were to be regularised after 10 years.” “This is not a job scheme. The frauds are unbelievable, whether it is employment, whether it is a project.” Subrahmanyam said that Jammu & Kashmir is run on 80 per cent central government funds. “Our (J&K) income is Rs 2,000 crore per month and the revenue is Rs 1,000 crore, and 1,000 crore is the share of central tax. However, our annual budget was Rs 1 lakh crore and our actual revenue is Rs 10,000 to 12,000 crore. It means we are stealing the money of the Government of India.”
“The whole state was like a Ponzi scheme which would have collapsed someday. Removal of Article 370 was just a push otherwise the state was anyway on the verge of collapse,” the CS was quoted by the reports as having said.
Now, when the mainstream parties have been exposed by the top bureaucrat of Jammu and Kashmir, this is yet to be seen how they will now be responding to the facts he has presented. Facts as they say cannot be countered by the useless rhetoric.