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JAMMU: Giving a push to the development activities in Gandhi Nagar constituency, former Dy. CM & MLA Gandhi Nagar Constituency, Kavinder Gupta toured Trikuta Nagar area where the tiling work for up gradation of lanes and drains was kick started. He was accompanied by councillor Jyoti Dei, Vinay Gupta, Sham Lal and prominent citizens of the area. Gupta also interacted with people and took stock of their day to day problems. The people projected various other developmental demands which were mainly related to up gradation of bye lanes, sanitation, and sanction of additional transformer etc. 

While responding to the demands of the people, Gupta assured them that their demands would be met soon. He said that his focus is on the development programs for making the Gandhi Nagar Constituency as a model constituency and uplifting the living standards of the people by providing all the basic amenities. Gupta in his speech briefed the public about the works done in Gandhi Nagar Constituency and upcoming Nursing College in Gangyal area.

Gupta further lambasted the opposition parties for their corrupt practices in their tenure in government and stated that they had earned huge money by indulging into corruptions. They were involved in scams worth crores of rupees and accumulated the properties. He cited the example of Roshni Scam which has been now repealed by the His Excellency, Governor Satya Malik. He said the Roshni Scheme as biggest land scam in the history of J&K. Dubbing the enactment of Roshni Scheme as huge political fraud, Gupta said that they had illegally occupied  thousands kanals of the state land in the State.

Only politically powerful land grabbers had the audacity to usurp the land were conferred the ownership rights by virtue of the Act against ‘throw away’ prices. He urged Governor to cancel all the allotments made to the persons who had been benefitted through the enactment of Roshni act. The beneficiaries included several ex- Ministers, ex-MLAs/ MLCs belonging to particular parties, bureaucrats besides other rich and powerful should be probed. The Act did not yield any agrarian reform but it only bestowed benevolence upon the corrupt politicians, bureaucrats including the influential people to become landlords over night, he said.

Reacting to current financial position of the Power Development Department, he said that Roshni Act had failed to generate the revenue to fund the power sector in the State, and divulged that the previous governments had claimed it would get Rs 25000 crores out of the Roshni Act but as of now only 72 crores had been realized. “The Roshni scheme which had envisaged agricultural reforms and generation of revenue to strengthen power sector in the State had miserably failed to achieve its objectives. Its provisions were reportedly manipulated to serve the vested interests of the people sitting at the helm of the affairs and the influential land mafia who had usurped huge chunks of lands all across the State. He appealed the Governor to take cognizance of the serious situation and ask for a thorough investigation.

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