THE DEVELOPMENT GRAPH…?

Despite being gifted with enormous natural bounties the development graph of J&K is least encouraging as a result of which it has been lagging behind most of the states of India. Undoubtedly, the main factor responsible for such a state of affairs is lack of good governance and sound fiscal management ultimately resulting in the poor economic growth of the state. Good governance can’t be achieved by just delivering lectures during seminars or promising the same during rallies but it can only be achieved by translating it on ground. Executing different developmental works in the state especially in Jammu city with no coordination at all among the concerned agencies bears testimony to the fact that good governance and intelligent fiscal management are totally missing from the scene thus resulting not only in great loss to the exchequer but also causing a lot of inconvenience to the public at large whose money is being used in executing the works. It is an open secret that no sooner does the construction or repair of roads gets completed by the concerned agency, immediately the PHE Department and the telecom companies start digging mercilessly changing the topography of the roads overnight. Though prima facie it appears that there is lack of coordination between the concerned agencies due to which this mess results, yet there is every apprehension of perfect coordination between the concerned agencies to ensure that works are not taken up simultaneously so that the graph of expenditure continues to shoot upward to safeguard their vested interests. This is the tale of almost all the roads across the state with people suffering for years. Given the present situation, the government should issue requisite circulars and standing orders directing all the Engineering agencies of the Central and State Government functioning in the state not to indulge in activities which tend to damage the existing infrastructure like road, underground cables, water and sewerage lines. It would be more feasible if the circular requires the various agencies to obtain prior permission from the office of the concerned District Magistrate with an advance intimation of any such activity to district Magistrate’s office giving details such as place, time and purpose in order to ensure full coordination among various agencies. This will help in avoiding the unnecessary damages, expenditure and inconvenience to the people at large. In case of those not following the directions under such circulars and orders issued by the District Magistrate, there should be strict penal provisions laid down under J&K Ranbir Penal Code and the J&K Criminal Procedure Court. This would also set an example of good governance for the rest of his counterparts functioning across the state. It is expected that such circulars are issued by all the District Magistrates and the same be translated on ground in full letter and spirit. In this way the District Magistrates across the state in their respective jurisdictions would achieve success in ensuring that public utilities like telephone lines, electric lines, water supply pipes and other critical infrastructure are not damaged. This is just a small step towards translating good governance on ground and the same attitude can be adopted in the whole administrative functioning in the state.