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Army pays cash to J-K ministers for jobs: VK Singh

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 24, 2013
First Published: 00:23 IST(24/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:59 IST(24/9/2013)

In a startling revelation, former army chief General VK Singh on Monday said the army pays money to “all the ministers in Jammu and Kashmir to perform particular jobs” for maintaining peace and harmony in the state.

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In separate interviews to Times Now and CNN-IBN, Gen Singh said the practice has been going on since independence to assist the state government in ensuring the people are kept together, reduce the army’s work, win hearts and minds of the people and bring peace in the state.

Pressed further for more details, Gen Singh clarified: “may be not all but some ministers for specific good works…perception management, intelligence purposes and civic actions.”

Asked if it did not amount to interference in the functioning of the state government and if chief minister Omar Abdullah was not aware, the former army chief shot back: “If a chief minister says he doesn’t have knowledge about it… I don’t have any words for him.”


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