Govt mulls to wind up 3-yr old projects in J&K

Constitutes 5-member panel to explore possibilities 

By: Ibni Maqbool

Srinagar: In a significant move, the administration of J&K Union Territory on Wednesday constituted a high-level committee to explore closure of projects older than three years.

The General Administration Department (GAD) has set-up a five-member committee for scrutinizing the feasibility of subsequent funding to projects older than three years, along with exploring the possibility of closure of such projects.

The panel comprises additional chief secretary, Health and Medical Education, principal secretary, Power Development Department, principal secretary, Public Works(R&B) Department, administrative secretary, Planning, Development & Monitoring Department, director general, Planning in the Planning, Development & Monitoring Department to be nominated by administrative secretary as member secretary.

Earlier, the Roads & Buildings department had directed its officers to submit reasons for failing to complete the projects which were initiated before 2018-19.

“ It is enjoined upon all HODs/ engineers of R&B department not to carry on with ongoing projects which were  initiated prior to 2018-19 till the time  reasons provided by engineers and project authorities are accepted by the Finance department and suitable guidelines are issued by the administrative department in consultation with the Finance department for having a mechanism to ensure complete funding for  the projects  from the Finance department in timely manner to complete the projects within a stipulated period,” read the circular issued by the department.

The directive is only applicable to the UT sector schemes and works executed under the centrally-sponsored schemes and the Prime Minister’s Development Project(PMDP) are out of its purview.

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