Srinagar, Jun 12 : Asserting that his administration had been tough on corruption, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said after learning about discrepancies in J&K Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy for government employees, he asked ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi to either allow him to cancel the deal or accept his resignation’.
Meanwhile, hitting out at political parties, he said the ruling elite were not able to stop corruption in the state as they were themselves involved in it.
'As far as corruption is concerned…. after taking over governance in the state, I cancelled two deals worth Rs 1.5 crore each as I came to know about corrupt practices used to finalize them. The secretaries admitted that corrupt practices were used to finalize these deals and that many powerful people were behind these deals,' Mr Malik said in a press conference here on Wednesday.
The Governor said that he event had to personally meet the Prime Minister and apprise him about the situation.
'I told PM about the issue and asked him to either allow me to cancel the deal or accept my resignation as I didn’t want to ruin my image which I have built over a span of 50 years,' he added.
Replying to a question, Mr Malik said that action against J&K Bank was taken after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) expressed concern over the governance of the bank.
The Governor said the ruling elite that was involved in corruption in the state would ‘face action soon’.
Around six fact-finding committees in different areas, such as sports, technical education, sports council, macadamisation, dredging and Jammu And Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation, had been set up to act against the corrupt elements through the amended powers granted to the ACB.
"It’s unfortunate that the people in J&K are not told the truth. Political parties have exploited them in the name of autonomy and azaadi. Neither autonomy nor azaadi is possible. Now, in the name of janaat [heaven], the youth are being exploited. Kashmir is also heaven, nurture it. The Islamic State ideology has been defeated even where it started," he said.
About corruption in police department, he said all those officers who demanded money or other favours from the detained youth had been removed in south Kashmir. (UNI)