Srinagar, Mar 25: Describing the Congress-PDP coalition government as totally confused in financial matters, leader of the Opposition National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Abdul Rahim Rather said treasuries were generally dry and bills amounting to hundreds of crores of rupees were pending for payment in the State.
Corruption was at its peak and cases against a number of sitting and former ministers and legislators of the ruling coalition were pending adjudication before State Accountability Commission, Mr Rather said.
He said the problems confronting people of the state had increased manifold during the coalition rule. Huge funds received from the Centre during this period for developmental purposes had been squandered, he said and added that the tall claims of the ruling alliance had proved hollow and in no way changed the lifestyle of the people who were facing lot of hardships in every respect.
Speaking at party convention in the central Kashmir district of Badgam he said that the government appeared totally confused in financial matters as there was no financial management worth the name.
State treasuries were generally dry, bills amounting to hundreds of crores rupees were pending for payment and thousands of employees had been without salaries for months together, he alleged and said even their requests for GPF withdrawals were at times not been acceded to.
Mr Rather, a former Finance Minister during NC rule, said contractors and government suppliers were suffering due to non-payment of their dues, which had adversely affected the developmental activities which were virtually at standstill.
He alleged that corruption was at its peak because unprecedented political corruption had added fuel to the fire.
It was a national shame that about 18 such public representatives were facing serious corruption charges, he said.