Mal-administration and Bunglings in JDA- SVC summons, VC JDA

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Srinagar: The State Vigilance Commission while expressing concern over the mal-administration and other bunglings allegedly committed by the Ex. VC JDA and other officers posted in JDA from time to time in league with private persons, summons VC JDA.

The State Vigilance Commission while  taking cognizance on a complaint lodged by one Shri Kanti Lal against Ex. Vice Chairman and other officers/officials of JDA regarding illegal allotment of JDA land to some hotel owners in Jammu and Bari Brahmna by hatching  conspiracy  and in  consideration of  illegal gratification taken  from Hotel owners thereby allowing them to occupy and raise illegal constructions thereon  and also getting the JDA land at Trikuta Nagar registered in the name of his wife malafidely  and in an arbitrary  manner  besides the said Vice Chairman purchasing a JCB Machine worth Rs. 4.5 lacs without putting the same to open tenders, issued NOC in favour of brother of the then Vice Chairman and another person in violation of Government instructions in this behalf, the Officers/Officials  facilitating encroachment over about 10 Marlas of JDA land near fruit Mandi Jammu and illegally permitting a private person to  raise a shopping complex thereon,  thereby resulting in huge loss to the state exchequer, observing the allegations of serious nature, has sought report from the present Vice Chairman  JDA.

The report submitted by the Jammu Development Authority  prima facie reveals a series of Omissions and Commissions on the part of  the then Vice Chairman and other Officers/Officials of JDA while exercising their administrative powers which tantamounts to misuse and abuse of their official positions. The report further reveals that the private hotel owners by taking undue benefit of indiscipline and maladministration prevailing in JDA had raised the huge constructions in utter Violation of approved plans.

The State Vigilance Commission taking serious note of the abuse of the official position, irresponsible and reckless approach adopted by the Officers/Officials of JDA orders for initiation of Departmental and Legal action against all those involved in facilitating the encroachments and illegal constructions over the JDA land and has directed the Vice Chairman JDA to get the encroached land retrieved besides ensuring the compliance report thereof before the Commission on next date of hearing.

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