Setting the system right

Setting the system right

State government handing over the alleged scams in Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Company (JKPCC) to the Crime Branch for investigations could open a Pandora’s box.
During the past many years JKPCC has hogged the headlines and has remained in news for the various reasons like backdoor recruitment, allotting work to contractors without floating tenders and much more.
Past regimes just ignored the complaints which were made against the company and allowed it to function in its own way. But The Governor’s administration has taken a strong note of these complaints and has asked the state’s premiere investigating agency to look into the alleged scams which have brought bad name to the corporation in the past.
The Governor’s administration had constituted a fact finding committee to look in the complaints. The committee submitted a voluminous report bringing out in detail large irregularities in the operation of the JKPCC and recommended on improving the organisation.
It’s unfortunate that a 50-year old company which during all these years has been involved in various development projects across the state has come under scanner.
It appears that the corruption has become an integral part of the system in Jammu and Kashmir. The JKPCC is not the only company in the state which has remained in news for the wrong reasons. Most such corporations and companies have been either running in loss or are facing severe financial crunch.
Had the semi-government corporations and companies continued to function without corruption and scams by now these would have turned into profit making ventures but it has not happened. Most of these ventures have turned into “white elephants.”
The Governor’s administration has taken a right step towards right direction. More such actions should follow to set other government run companies and corporations right.