Corruption, bad governance slipping Kashmir into anarchy: Mufti
Calling for an all out war against corruption in the state, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said the present dispensation had degenerated into a coalition of the vested interest that had institutionalized loot at the highest level.india Updated: May 15, 2012 19:01 IST
Calling for an all out war against corruption in the state, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday said the present dispensation had degenerated into a coalition of the vested interest that had institutionalized loot at the highest level.
“The inefficient functioning of the NC led government had assumed dangerous dimensions with every public service and resource being sold for a price,” said Mufti during a convention of party workers at Langate in Kupwara district.
He said people would have to rise against this open loot and stop the state from slipping into a completely ungovernable territory.
The PDP patron said inefficiency, atrocities, nepotism, favoritism and corruption flourished under all National Conference dispensations. “But the present coalition was taking the state into an unprecedented administrative anarchy, which has potential of deepening the alienation,” he said.
Claiming a sentiment of disaffection and alienation always existed in the state, Mufti said it needed a broadminded political approach to address but bad governance has historically provided the trigger to trouble.
“To prevent another outburst of public anger it was necessary that the coalition put its act together. It seems beyond its capacity to mend things as with waning public support every constituent of it was out only to make personal fortunes,” said Mufti.
Taking on the government for its use of wanton force to quell peaceful protests against wrong policies and corrupt practices, Mufti said the only response from the government to issue of public importance was trying to silence voices of dissent through force.
“Nobody seems to be satisfied with the government. There are daily demonstrations by almost all sections of society. The fact that of late there have not been deaths on the streets as a result of police firing is being touted as an achievement, while all methods including brute force and framing of false cases are resorted to in order to enforce silence,” alleged Mufti.
Instead of “declaring a war on the people”, Mufti said, it was better for the government to ensure justice, good governance and a corruption free administration. Mufti said the state government actually exposed its bankruptcy of thought and lack of vision by touting patchwork on roads as development and removal of a security bunker as an earthshaking event.
“The problem with this government was its inability to think in terms of people’s welfare in a macro sense. It was unfortunate for the state that this government had not been able to benefit from external resources like Asian Development Bank funds arranged by PDP,” said Mufti.