Violation of RTI act has become a fashion and PWD tops the list of violating departments; Will Commissioner / Secretary PWD act?
POONCH TODAY NEWS
POONCH: Although, government claims that the transparency act has been implemented strongly in J&K UT, but there are some departments which prefer to violate the act at will, fearing exposure of their misdeeds and PWD tops that list. In both the districts of Poonch and Rajouri, Executive Engineer’s Poonch and Nowshera don’t care about government orders on implementation of RTI act. Special PWD Division Nowshera always remain in news on account of various frauds, whether that relates to poor quality bunkers, poor quality macadamization of roads and passing of fake bills under different schemes of non plan and other heads. Officials posted in both the divisions have become so arrogant that they least bother about RTI applications and successive directions from government from time to time for strictly implementing the transparency act on the ground. Shocking factor is that even Chief Engineer PWD Jammu has not taken cognizance of his subordinates who are openly murdering the RTI act repeatedly. Same is the case of Poonch PWD division which is full of many foul plays and was projected by this newspaper time and again without any action from the government against the erring officials. Even some PWD officials in both the districts of Poonch and Rajouri have taken everything for granted and never moved out of these districts for long years. It is high time that Commissioner / Secretary PWD should intervene and direct his subordinates for strict implementation of the Central RTI act on priority for strengthening peoples faith in the institution of governance and those JEs, AEs and X.Ens, who continuously violate the said act, should be brought to justice. Will Commissioner / Secretary PWD act on erring PWD officials for RTI violation? Only time will tell.