Legislators Using CDF As Bribe: PC

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Srinagar – Asserting that the mainstream legislators allegedly utilized their constituency development funds as a “bribe,” Peoples Conference Tuesday accused them of favoring their supporters and punishing their opponents on the basis of political considerations.

Talking to a delegation from Rohama in north Kashmir’s Rafiabad area, party chairman, Sajjad Gani Lone, said not even traces of democracy were visible on ground in Kashmir as the mainstream politicians favored only their supporters and punished their opponents on the basis of their political leanings.

“Funds available under various development schemes or poverty alleviation programs are being utilized on the basis of vote-bank considerations, for or against whom the people of an area had cast their vote. The discrimination has made a mockery of all development efforts in the state,” Lone said.

Because of poll boycotts, Lone said, legislators had been given sweeping powers to keep development spending under their control. However, the conditions have changed as is evident in substantial turnout during elections which would call for return to the earlier practices about utilization of funds under various schemes, he said, adding political differences were used even to justify unwarranted transfer of development funds from one place to another or from one region to another.

Lone said the bureaucracy was also finding itself helpless in the circumstances as the politicians were ruling the roost. “During the turmoil, most politicians had migrated out of the valley. But, now, they are exploiting the people for political considerations,” he added.

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