Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday that Article 370 has paved the way for rampant corruption in Jammu and Kashmir as successor state governments use it to enact anti-corruption laws, which were allegedly adapted for convenience. has gone.
He said that the establishment of District Development Councils (DDCs) would bring more accountability, transparency and result-oriented approach in the functioning of administration in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Article 370 had paved the way for rampant corruption in Jammu and Kashmir as it empowered successive governments in the state to enact their own anti-corruption laws that were inadequate and tailor-made for convenience,” an election rally. Told in support of BJP candidates in DDC election.
Also, Article 370 also gave an exemption to the rulers of the state to not allow the Prevention of Corruption Act to be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir like the rest of the country.
Singh, Union Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the Anti-Corruption Act was enacted in Jammu and Kashmir after the repeal of Article 370 and the state turned into Union Territory.
On August 5, 2019, Article 370 was abolished, and the erstwhile State was divided into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Singh, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, said there was no effective curb on corruption in the past, as the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir had anti-corruption laws and investigations into corruption cases went on indefinitely so that the concerned authorities could get . It was too late to book them or they were too late.
As a result, corruption in Jammu and Kashmir, at lower levels as well as higher offices, became a norm rather than an exception, and the general belief was that whoever was smart enough to get away from it could also go away. Was. Scott-free, ”he said.
With the implementation of the Prevention of Corruption Act in Jammu and Kashmir now, the minister said, now the deadline has been fixed for disposal of corruption cases and with this, not only the bribe takers, but also the bribe givers are held guilty is. Singh said that in the last one year, there has been a change in governance and the practices of good governance at the Center and beyond are gradually being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, one after the other.
“This has changed the work culture in the setup of the government, which was lacking in the past,” he said. The minister said that the establishment of DDC will bring forward accountability, transparency and result-oriented approach in the functioning of the government. “When the District Councilor and the Chairman of the Zilla Parishad work in coordination with the District Deputy Commissioner and their administration, they will not only complement each other’s efforts and initiatives, but also create the necessary checks and balances.”
Singh said that the DDCs will usher in a new era of democratization in the administration with accountability and hence, it is everyone’s responsibility to make this initiative a success.
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