“Transparent enquiry is needed to curb the nexus running from AC rooms / Kishtwar : Shafqat Sheikh”
The RDD Block Bunjwah is lying defunct since from last three years, despite the matter was brought into the notice of higher authorities several times and also raised in recently held Block Diwas programs in Bunjwah but unfortunately no one pays heeds toward this issue. Public of Bunjwah alleged misappropriation of funds meant for various developmental works and for the betterment of the society and alleged that whole nexus is being running from AC rooms/Kishtwar under the active involvements of higher officers and crores of rupees are being embezzled and misued by the officers of Block Development Office Bunjwah along with some blued eyed and selfish persons.
The office has enrolled PRIs, their family members and their closed associates as vendors (material supplier) along with some other persons by enrolling them dummy vendors across all panchayats of Block Bunjwah including Patnazi A, Patnazi B, Kither, Nali, Binoon, Mori, Tipri, Jawalapur and Kewa.
As per the financial statement of RDD Block Bunjwah crores of rupees has been withdrawn on account of material supplied for the year 2018-19, 2019-20 and going on meant for developmental works, in the name of some PRIs, their family members and their close associates on basis of commission system. These vendors are used by concerned officers to loot the state exchequer without taking works on ground as per the guideline of RD&PR department, Shafqat Sheikh, A Freelancer added. Adding that during a Block Diwas program in Bunjwah, Sarpanch Panchayat Mori Block Bunjwah, Mohd Ali, endorses such words publically, “that from the starting of RD&PR, Commission system runs RD&PR, weather it is online or offline, if you do not believe Go and Check and it in not new thing in Block department”.
These words were endorsed in presence of Tehsildar Bunjwah and other Senior Other Officers, but no action was taken against by the authorities.
Beside all these Public of Bunjwah registered a complaint through J&K Governor Grievance Cell vide Reference ID: 999001584459 Dated 08/10/2020, regarding the running of whole nexus and alleged missapproation of funds. The complaint was forwarded to Kishtwar Administration on 12/10/2020 and was forwarded to ACD Kishtwar on 07/11/2020. The ACD Kishtwar forwarded complaint to BDO Bunjwah vide Letter No. ACDK/Estt/2020-21/4856-57 Dated 12/11/2020 and directed the concerned BDO Bunjwah to furnish the detailed report with in two days positively and ensure timely redressal of the complaint received through JK Grievance Cell.
In the response the BDO Bunjwah vide Letter No. BDOB/2021/439-41 Dated 26 /11/2020, furnish the details that were raised in a complaint registered through JK Grievance Cell. The BDO Bunjwah raises the allegations upon the complainants that complainants are vendors and are demanding more amount against their payment and also that the payment made against the PRIs was made at the time when they were not PRIs. The BDO Bunjwah also wrote that office is functioning from Block Headquarter and BDO cannot remain present on daily basis as BDO has to attend meetings. (read order).
The complainants while talking to media, denied that the allegations levelled against them are totally baseless and without any fact and the officers of Block Office Bunjwah to hide their scams and nexus are misleading the higher authorities and JK Grievance Cell. Adding that, No doubt we are vendors and we are demanding the amount against the material supplied, if any evidence of demanding more amount by the complainants, we are ready to face legal action beside levelling false allegations, we will take legal action against concerned officer. They further added that BDO Bunjwah did not inform the complainants after submitting the response and no order copy was received by complainants since from 26/11/2020 to till date.
In the response of Grievance ACD Kishtwar updated the detailed response on 24/12/2020, where the complainants also mentioned their feedback of not satisfied and put the remarks that concerned BDO Bunjwah is misleading the Cell by submitting false information’s. They had also sought transparent enquiry in this matter through team of investigating agencies.It is important to mention that office is lying in defunct position and all the accessories, office record and some furniture’s are being shifted to Kishtwar without any official notification to run the whole nexus from AC rooms/Kishtwar despite the rent of accommodation is paid more than 8000/month that is also great loss to state exchequer.
Meanwhile A renowned Freelance Journalist Shafqat Sheikh, said that the matter was various times brought in knowledge of higher officers but no positive response came to be seen. Adding that He brought the matter in knowledge of Commissioner Secretary RDD Sheetal Nanda IAS, regarding the office and misapproation of funds and running of whole nexus from Kishtwar, Sheetal Nanda IAS, assured that positive outcome will come within days and I will look personally look in this matter, Shafqat added.
It is pertinent to mention that will Commissioner Secretary RDD Sheetal Nanda IAS, makes the Block Office Bunjwah functional from Bunjwah and also to take action against officers involved in running of whole nexus, it is yet to be mentioned.
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