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FC Finance discusses budget proposals for J&K, Ladakh with Admin Secretaries

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Srinagar, Oct 21: Financial Commissioner Finance Department, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today held extensive discussions with the Administrative Secretaries of various departments regarding budget proposals for the financial year 2020–2021 for Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh, which will take the formal shape on October 31.

The budget was discussed with around a dozen departments including Finance, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries, PDD, Horticulture, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Home, Health & Medical Education and other departments.

While chairing separate meetings with various departments, Dr Mehta was informed about the strategies conceived by these departments for the financial year 2020-2021 and the major projects that will be under taken by the concerned departments. Threadbare discussions were held on the functioning of these departments and their future requirements.

 

The Administrative Secretaries put forth the budget proposals along with their view points on the future action plans with regard to their targets and improving infrastructure for better delivery of services. They also briefed the Financial Commissioner about the status of various on-going projects in their respective departments.

Dr Mehta advised all the departments to ensure proper projection of their requirements and focus on outcomes.

Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education; Principal Secretary Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department; Principal Secretary Home; Commissioner Secretary PHE; Secretary Horticulture; Secretary PDD; Secretary State Water Regulatory Authority; Director Health Services (Kashmir); DG Prisons; DG Budget; Chairman J&K Bank; heads of various departments; officials of Finance department and other concerned attended the meetings.

Besides, various departments from Jammu attended the meeting through video conferencing.


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CENTRALLY SPONSORED SCHEMES: Govt kicks off process to double enrollment

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Feb 16: Jammu and Kashmir administration has kicked off the process to double the number of beneficiaries under different centrally sponsored schemes in the new Union Territory.

Official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the government is working to double the enrollment in PMJDY, PMJJBY, PMSBY, SUPI, Mudra Loan and APY.

“Banks have been asked to open 22 lakh accounts under PMJDY and eight lakh and four lakh enrollments under PMSBY and PMJJBY respectively,” the document reads.

 

Finance Department, as per the document, has also launched a campaign to achieve complete financial literacy of the entire population and enhance the livelihood options for the people, “who have been traditionally left out of such endeavors”.

“In order to reach out to all the segments of the population in each district, all lead district managers across J&K have been advised to organise special camps to push credit growth and enhance enrolments under different social security schemes,” the document reads.

District development commissioners have also been directed to involve PRI functionaries like Panches, Sarpanches and BDC chairmen to spread awareness among the people about different financial inclusion schemes of Centre and Union Territory.

An official said financial empowerment of every citizen, formalizing the economy, enhancing national productivity, bringing in transparency and optimization of national resources are the key goals for financial inclusion.

Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu recently said promoting financial inclusion means taking actions which result in expanding peoples’ access to the services offered by the formal financial sector.

He has called for optimum utilization of resources so that common people could benefit from the financial activities and schemes being extended by the government.

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Credit back wrongly parked money by Mar 31: Govt to DDOs

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Feb 16: The government has asked Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) to pay back funds, which  they have ‘wrongly parked’ in accounts for a long period of time without utilising them on development works.

The Finance Department has learnt the Drawing and Disbursing Officer’s (DDOs) have retained huge sum of money in bank accounts for long period.

“It has been observed that huge amounts of money has been parked in the accounts of DDOs for pretty long periods. The amounts parked in the accounts have either been drawn from treasuries in advance or subsequently not utilised within prescribed time or these relate to schemes of the Government, the works in respect of which have not been executed within the schedule,” an order by Finance Commissioner Arun Kumar Mehta reads.

 

He said the parking of money outside exchequer has resulted in a “commensurate impact on the liquidity of the Union Territory”.

“In order to bring these amounts back into the exchequer, it is impressed upon all the DDOs to credit all the wrongly parked balances of money as of March 31, 2019 to the Major Head 8443-Civil Deposits or Revenue of the Government as the case may be, within a week’s time from the issuance of these instructions,” Mehta in the order said.

The government has ordered director finances of every department to ensure the compliance of these instructions by the finance department.

Finance Commissioner has also directed the departments to remit all the receipts into the treasury, adding the “amounts required for immediate use will be drawn from treasury for immediate disbursement.”

“Accounts against the drawls of money drawn in advance from treasuries also have to be rendered at the earliest and in any case not later than the closure of the financial year,” he said.

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Malshahi Bagh canal breach: Over 2 lakh people suffer in silence

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Srinagar, Feb 16: Over two lakh people continue to suffer in silence as the government has failed to fix the Malshahi Bagh water canal breach even after two months have passed.

Malshai Bagh canal, which is the main source of water to various treatment plants including Rangil, Alesteng, Hadoora, Shuhama, and Bakoora, caters to over two lakh population in the Srinagar outskirts. The canal developed a breach in the first week of December.

Last month, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan had directed concerned engineers to expedite restoration work on Malshahi- Bagh canal before February 15.

 

An official of the Public Health Engineer Department (PHE) said that the department had bypassed the breach portion, but the water flow is not good enough to cater to a huge population.

“We have laid four pipes to bypass the breach. However, those are not able to supply sufficient water,” he said.

The areas facing water shortage include Elahi Bagh, Gulab Bagh, Soura, Anchar, Nowshera, Lal Bazar, Alasteng, Shuhama, Habak, Zukra, Batpora, Hazratbal, Kashmir University, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Saderbal, Saida Kadal and many areas of the old city.

“For the last two months, we are facing acute water supply shortage. We have to take turns to store water in tanks and use it for daily chores,” said Parveena Akhtar, a resident of Elahi Bagh.

Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department MM Shahnawaz told The Kashmir Monitor that they have consulted designers from NIT for new design.

“We have to frame a new proposal for permanent restoration, which will take time. Approximately it will take at least more than one month. But PHE department is going to lay another 1200 mm pipe to meet the requirement,” he said.

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