Srinagar, Sep 28: Mehbooba Mufti led Jammu Kashmir Government has been keenly monitoring the functioning of Public Health Engineering and Irrigation and Flood Control Department, after receiving complaints of corruption and nepotism about some top officials, reliable sources informed news agency CNS.
Sources said that Government after taking cognizance of multiple complaints recently transferred a top official of the department while earlier another top official was also attached on the same allegations. Sources added that some top officials have allegedly grabbed money from the engineers against their elevation to the rank of Executive Engineers. The elevation file has been approved by the Minister but the formal order is reportedly pending as the officials wished to earn more by promoting more engineers.
Reliable sources added that huge funding to the tone of 3300 crore (from Modi’s 80,000 crore flood relief package) were made available to PHE and I&FC Department for the improvement of capacity of river Jehlum, however, in the name of removal of silt at couple of places, general public was hoodwinked. Furthermore, the silt is also being sold in open market. There is no improvement in the capacity of river Jhelum after floods and the funds meant for the same have reportedly been looted by some top officials.
Well placed sources said that a top official who was recently transferred, has been also found involved in illegal transmission of funds under various sectors especially under Operation and Maintenance head to the Chief Engineer of PHE Kashmir who had recently removed by the government. Reliable sources told CNS that more than 100 crores of liability has been created by these officials.
“Though the officials in question have been removed from the department but there is still a top official who has not been removed and government is likely to initiate action against him.
When contacted, one of the officials in question said that he was transferred from the department after developing some differences with the concerned Minister. “These allegations are baseless and don’t carry any weight,” he said. (CNS)