Ensure uniform pace of expenditure during ongoing fiscal: Govt to DCs

‘Every work shall be physically verified; Undertake third party inspections of high-value works’

By: Ibni Maqbool

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday directed the District Development Commissioners (DDCs) to ensure uniform pace of expenditure during the ongoing financial year.

According to an order issued by the Finance department, all the DDCs have been directed to ensure that the expenditure out of allotted funds are made in stipulated timeframe within the quarter(s) for which the funds have been released.

“All the DDCs shall ensure uniform pace of expenditure during the financial year 2021-22. The overall ceiling of 30% expenditure shall be maintained during the last quarter of the financial year 2021-22. The expenditure during the last month of the financial year 2021-22 shall be restricted to 15% of the budget allocation,” reads the order, a copy of which is in possession of Precious Kashmir.

The government today released 50% budget under district capital expenditure (CAPEX) in favour of District Development Commissioners.

According to the order, each work should be 100% physically verified and third party test inspections shall be conducted in respect of high value works.

“No diversion shall be made under any pretext unless expressly authorized by the Finance Department,” the order states.

The DDCs have also been directed to monitor the expenditure statements and furnish the same before 5th of following month for monthly review by the Finance department.

“The execution of works shall be taken up strictly for the approved activities only within the approved cost and no liability shall be created ensuring financial discipline in the system,” the order states.

According to the order, the controlling officers shall be personally responsible for any liability created on account of un-approved/un-authorized works.

“The projects/schemes shall be executed and completed strictly within the timeline as stipulated in the tender document and as fixed by the competent Authority,” it reads.

The Finance department, in its order, also said that the ban on engagement on casual workers, need based workers, daily wagers etc. shall continue to be in force.

“All development/capex release order issued by DDCs to the respective sectoral officers shall invariably have the condition that the departments shall refrain from making fresh engagements under projects/schemes,” it directed.

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