‘Group of 4 Ministers’ lobbying for a firm to get Rs 350 Cr contract: NC

TNN Bureau. Updated: 11/14/2017 12:32:00 AM Front Page

JAMMU: Without naming any, the Opposition National Conference today accused a ‘group of four Ministers’ lobbying for a particular firm to get a multimillion contract.
In a statement issued from NC Head Office, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said a group of four Ministers in the PDP-BJP Government were lobbying in favour of a particular firm and pressurizing the Cabinet Sub-Committee to award a 350 crores contract for dredging to the firm on a single-bidder basis. “This is yet another instance when the topmost echelons of the State Government’s leadership are personally involved in mega-scale, multi-crore scams and scandals”, the NC Provincial President alleged.
The NC Provincial President said there should be a thorough probe into this lobbying effort by the Ministers in favour of a particular firm and the possibility of kickbacks to them should be investigated and exposed before the public. “Have these Ministers received kickbacks to lobby in favour of this particular firm? The people of J&K have reeled under economic distress and a governance deficit from the very day the PDP-BJP Government took over and it is disappointing that the Government is solely focused on corruption and filing the coffers of its Ministers and leadership”, Nasir Aslam Wani added.
The NC Provincial President also demanded an objective and thorough probe into recent revelations of serious, huge irregularities and corruption in the JKPCC and said the attachment of a single officer seemed to be an attempt at covering up and the concerned Cabinet Minister’s personal involvement in these scams. “In the telephone conversation that has gone viral, the concerned officer has clearly made startling hints in the award of various multi-crore contracts in JKPCC without any due tendering process in favour of the kith and kin of various Ministers and close business associates’, the NC Provincial President added.

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