Ordering one after another inquiry

11/06/2019

In the much publicised case of selling Kahcharai land and allowing illegal constructions on the same, the accused officials have remained unpunished as Housing and Urban Development Department is ordering one after another inquiry during the past over two years instead of taking the exercise to the logical conclusion.The situation is prevailing even after the intervention of the State Vigilance Commission (SVC), which had issued directions to the Deputy Commissioner concerned for prompt action and furnishing of Action Taken Report in the month of February 2017. In the month of January 2017 a complaint was filed by the inhabitants of Pampore alleging large scale corruption by the officials of the Municipal Committee Pampore and Revenue Department. It was also mentioned in the complaint that these officials had even gone to the extent of selling Kahcharai land and then allowing illegal constructions on the same. During the course of inquiry into the complaint it came to the fore that encroachment and illegal construction on Kahcharai land had taken place due to wilful negligence of the officials of Revenue Department and Municipal Committee Pampore.
The Inquiry Officer was directed to submit his report within 30 days positively along with his specific recommendations. However, this exercise never reached the logical conclusion and this can be gauged from the latest order of the Housing and Urban Development Department. The Inquiry Officer shall submit his report within 30 days positively so that the case may be settled without any further delay. It is a matter of serious concern that instead of ensuring strict punishment to the accused officials of Revenue Department and Municipal Committee Pampore for the illegalities committed by them, the Housing and Urban Development Department is ordering one after another inquiry and how there can be deterrence if such a dilly-dallying approach is adopted in handling the grave issue of selling Kahcharai land and allowing illegal constructions on the same. Had timely action been taken on the directions of the State Vigilance Commission the fate of the inquiry would not have been hanging in balance during the past over two years and since Municipal Committees are prone to the illegal activities time bound action into the cases of illegalities, whenever come to the notice of the Housing and Urban Development Department, which has administrative control over the Urban Local Bodies, should be the norm otherwise these Urban Local Bodies would become den of the corrupt practices.

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