Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has blown lid off a major scam wherein some
government departments were `fraudulently’ releasing funds against the already
complaints received by Anti-Corruption Bureau regarding alleged
misappropriation of funds in various developmental works.
Sensing scam, the
anti-graft body formally wrote to the government about the complaints
“regarding embezzlement of funds in various departments through release of
funds repeatedly against already restored works which are in good condition”.
Sources said ACB
has initiated a probe against officials for allegedly misappropriating funds
meant for developmental projects.
the government has also tightened noose around departments to ensure that there
is no misappropriation of funds.
“In order to
ensure that same works are not shown to have been executed repeatedly, it is
imperative that location of all works is fully described through the GPS
coordinates and photographs before and after execution of work. These ought to
be mandatorily produced before making the payment. Further no work should be
taken up without administrative approval,” reads a government circular.
has made it clear that unless GPS coordinates and photographs are submitted, no
funds shall be released. “Withdrawal of bills against any non-existent
renovation work needs to be stopped forthwith,” it reads.
departments have also been directed to accord administrative approval only after
satisfying that same work has not been taken up for execution in earlier years
by other agencies.
Jammu and Kashmir
government has ordered a probe after several departments started developmental
works without seeking the prior administrative approval.
department is bound to seek the administrative approval from the Finance,
Planning and Development Departments before starting any development works in
the new Union Territory.
heads have also been directed to evaluate performance on the basis of timely
completion of targets, outcomes of the schemes, priorities fixed, quality of
work done and status of benefits of projects.
departments, sources said, while projecting new schemes and proposals for
inclusion in the annual action plans did not consult the Finance and Planning
and Development departments.
An official noted
that concurrence of Planning and Finance department is necessary before
projecting new developmental works.
Development Department acts as a nodal agency for the implementation of
planning process in Jammu and Kashmir.
The department has also been entrusted with the task of maintaining
active liaison with the Government of India, especially with the NITI Aayog to
ensure effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in the new Union