Jammu, November 25: The Deputy Chief Minister of the state Dr. Nirmal Singh boycotted a meeting on Tuesday that has revealed the fissures in the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state. The agenda of the meeting was to review the implementation of decisions taken at the District Development Board meetings in the Kashmir valley.
Sources have reported that the Dy. CM did not attend the meeting because of some issues with State’s Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu regarding some funds transfers. As per rules the money had to be transferred through the Dy CM undertaking Power Development Department but the Finance Minister bypassed him and transferred the funds of Rs 10 crore directly in favour of a company repairing transformers.
The Dy CM boycotted the review meeting on Tuesday in Jammu as a protest against Drabu’s way of functioning. The sources said that the Deputy Chief Minister conveyed his grievance to Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed who was also chairing of the meeting.
It has been a tradition that such review meetings of both regions, Jammu and Kashmir, are attended by the Chief Minister, his deputy and other senior ministers.
The sources explained that the Dy. CM was miffed that the Finance Minister has allegedly misused his position while transferring the funds even though the Power Development Department owes crores of rupees to companies repairing transformers in both Kashmir and Jammu regions. At times these companies stop the repair work due to non-payment of their dues.
The Deputy Chief Minister confirmed that his boycott of the meeting was against Drabu’s action while talking to media persons but when the Finance Minister was asked about the issue, he ignored.