JAMMU: Governor Satya Pal Malik today exposed more scams in the State committed during previous PDP-BJP Government saying a complete selection list of 582 candidates in Jammu and Kashmir Bank was set aside to appoint political workers in their place and raised serious question mark on the working of Public Services Commission (PSC) saying a youth was selected for KAS even without appearing in the examinations. He said the Government had recruited such youths as teachers, who had been preaching fundamentalism while Government officials were pelting stones on way back from office to homes.
When interrupted by the interviewer that the BJP was also partner with the PDP in Government when such glaring irregularities took place, Malik said it was for the BJP to reply to the allegations. However, he didn’t name the PDP-BJP.
Raising serious question mark over functioning of the PSC which had been under clout for serious discrimination with Jammu region in all recruitments made during the PDP-BJP Government headed by Mehbooba Mufti, Malik said that a youth was selected for the KAS without appearing for the examination.
“Youth with terrorist background were recruited. Some of the recruited teachers were preaching fundamentalism in the schools,” he said, adding there were instances that Government officials were found pelting stones while returning home from offices and taking Rs 500 from the separatists.
Referring to Government Group Medical Policy with Reliance General Insurance scam, the Governor without naming Advisors or senior bureaucrats, who are in the line of fire in the scam, said within four to five days of his takeover in August, they came to him and briefed him that the Policy has been well drafted and studied and was required to be implemented for benefit of employees and pensioners.
“I gave go ahead but when Government employees and others started raising fingers over the Policy, I had a detailed and fresh look at it and found discrepancies. I ordered scrapping of the contract,” he said, adding he knows who got what (in the scam), who is behind this (the Policy). “But, I will act when the inquiry is completed”.
Ruling out any kind of dialogue with the separatists till they shed Pakistan tag, Malik also made it clear that Pakistan has no role to play in Kashmir. Pakistan is not a stakeholder but troublemaker in Kashmir, he said, adding that holding talks with Pakistan was out of his purview as it was a Central subject.
“Gun, stone pelting or other such means will yield nothing. Only dialogue will help. Pakistan is nobody on Kashmir. No one is going to get ‘azadi’ or Pakistan. Whatever has to be given will be given under the Indian Constitution and nothing outside,” the Governor said.
He added that there seems to be pressure on militants from Pakistan to step-up the militant activities especially after successful completion of elections to the Urban Local Bodies.
Few days back, seven civilians were killed in Kulgam. Although it was wrong on part of the civilians to rush to the encounter site before completion of sanitization operation by security forces, the Government regretted the killings and gave Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to next of kin of those killed. But no political party condemned the killing of Army jawan in stone pelting, he regretted.
Malik admitted that previous Government was soft towards militants including their fresh recruitment and stone pelting, whose consequences the Government is facing now. He said that stone pelters would also face arrest and punishment under the law.