Srinagar August 08: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference on Saturday lashed out at the Chief Secretary and termed his utterances as delusions of grandeur.
In a statement to Kashmir Despatch, party spokesperson Adnan Ashraf Mir said that the Chief Secretary needs to speak within his pay and grade. “Kashmir has this problem where people get delusions of grandeur. It sees like the Chief Secretary is the latest victim of the same set of delusions. We extend our sympathy and hope he comes out of it. We also hope that Delhi comes out of their delusions. If the utterances of the Chief Secretary are any indicators of what he thinks of himself and this is what he briefs his bosses in Delhi, then Delhi doesn’t need enemies in Kashmir. Talk of inventing a lie and then believing in it. He takes the cake.”
He said that last one year has been the tyranny of the unelected. “An IAS officer whose only achievement in life is that he cracked an exam will never know the struggle of fighting and winning elections. Sitting in ivory towers lecturing politicians is easy, let these officers come on the streets to display their public support now that they have aspirations of replacing the elected representatives.”
He further stated that the people of J&K are are fed up of the squeaky clean image that some of these officers want to cultivate. “Coming from states with the worst record in corruption one fails to understand the audacity of giving this honest, holier than thou image in Kashmir. There is no doubt there is a lot of space for improvement in Kashmir. But much larger spaces for improvement exist in the rest of the country. This cabal of officers is on a slanderous mission giving an impression as if Kashmir existed in stone ages. And God was finally kind and sent these select officers to Kashmir who in a matter of two years changed everything.”
Adnan further added that the recurring theme of the administration is to project Kashmiris as corrupt and and tarnish our identity.”
India as a country ranks 80 out of 180 in corruption index. The GDP of India is 3000 billion dollars. The GDP of J&K should be in the range of about 20 billion dollars. If we go by the utterances of the Chief Secretary – this 20-billion-dollar economy has the capacity to tarnish and make corrupt a 3000-billion-dollar economy. The size of the 2G scam is multiple times more than our annual budget. And the Chief Secretary has temerity to sermonize us about absence of structures and scams. He needs to get his arithmetic right. And if he so wishes, we can send him the corruption index of all states of India. Chhattisgarh, incidentally his cadre state, scores much higher than J&K.”