Rs 2.77 lakh crore misappropriated amid rampant corruption in J&K: Shah

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JAMMU: Indian Home Minister Amit Shah has said that Rs 2.77 lakh crore sent by the Central Governments to Jammu and Kashmir during last 70 years didn’t reach to the people and were misappropriated as there was rampant corruption in the State which can’t be even imagined.
“There was rampant corruption prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir. There was no transparency in the Government jobs. Such was the situation that there was no Anti-Corruption Bureau in the State to deal with the cases of corruption,” Shah pointed out while addressing conclave of national news channel.

He said Rs 2.77 lakh crore sent by the Central Governments to Jammu and Kashmir during past 70 years didn’t reach to the people and were misappropriated.“Now development will start in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Process of recruitment has also started. Educational institutions, hotels and industries will come post abrogation of Article 370 which was a hurdle in development of the State and has been removed by Narendra Modi Government,” Shah, who also happens to be the BJP president, said.
The Home Minister didn’t agree with the questioner that Dr Farooq Abdullah (National Conference president and former Chief Minister) has been detained for two years. “He (Dr Abdullah) has been detained under local Security Act and kept under house arrest,” he said.
Asserting that ban on internet services and mobile phone calling was not a new thing in Kashmir, Shah said mobile telephones and internet services were launched in Jammu and Kashmir 16 to 17 years after they were introduced in the country.
He said out of 196 police stations in Kashmir, restrictions were confined to the areas under jurisdiction of eight police stations only. The restrictions, he added, were in the form of Section 144 only and there was no curfew.
“Ban on internet services or mobile calling facility has nothing to do with human rights violations,” he said, adding, 41,000 people have been killed in Kashmir during three decades long militancy which rendered many women widows and children orphans, which was the human rights violation. “Who is responsible for these killings? Aren’t they biggest human rights violations?” he asked and blamed the policies pursued by the Congress for this.
The Home Minister said the family rule not only in Jammu and Kashmir but entire country has been rejected during Narendra Modi regime.