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For languishing, unfunded projects, no further time, cost overrun allowed: Admn

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Srinagar, Sep 13: Principal Secretary Planning and Development Department, Rohit Kansal chaired a meeting of Administrative secretaries of various department to finalize the action plan for completion of languishing projects.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary PWD, Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Sarita Chauhan, Secretary PHE/I&FC Farooq Ahmad Shah, Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, Director General Planning, Shahzada Bilal and other senior officers of various departments.
The meeting discussed threadbare the way out to complete the pending projects for want of funds.
Rohit Kansal said the government had recently accorded sanction for the establishment of JK Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC) with an authorized capital of Rs 50 lakhs for raising loans from financial institutions including state/nationalized Banks for completion of unfunded and languishing infrastructure projects in the state which are priority for the Governor’s Administration.
He asked the administrative secretaries of the concerned departments to prepare a detailed project wise schematic break-up of all such schemes as are proposed to be funded under the program and make a list of such projects in the order of priorities so that these projects can be completed to avoid further delays.
He also asked the administrative secretaries to ensure that the project is free from all encumbrances before it is considered for approval.
The Principal Secretary said that all the pending projects should be strictly completed within the specified time as per the timelines submitted and agreed to in the High-Powered Committee. He said no further time or cost overrun shall be allowed under any circumstances on such projects.
He said that irrespective of mode of execution, all remaining works in such projects shall be allotted and executed through a fully competitive, transparent e-tendering process, if not already awarded through a similar process and under execution.
He also directed the concerned departments to ensure and certify that the contract with the executing agency has a clear provision that in case the timelines for completion are not met, the executing agency will have to pay a penalty at a pre-determined rate on account of delayed completion.


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Financial audit of schools not done for years

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Srinagar, Sep 22: government seems to be in deep slumber regarding the auditing of prominent government higher secondary schools in Srinagar for the last three years.
An audit is an examination of funds to determine whether the money spend by the school authority on various expenses in schools are being managed efficiently and effectively. However, the financial position of several schools is not known as no audit has been done in last few years.
“It is necessary to have an effective audit system in government schools to ensure proper utilization of government funds. It has to be done once in every two years but nothing such has been followed here,” said an official at Accounts General Office.
The official said that there is no examination of funds at most of the prominent government higher secondary schools of Srinagar, including Government Higher Secondary School NawaKadal and Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary School.
“There are also several other schools where audit is pending since two to three years,” he added.
Principal Kothi Bagh, Qazi Romana told The Kashmir Monitor, “I am here for the last three years and since my time period no one from Accounts General Office have come for examining the funds in my school.”
Similarly NawaKadal Higher Secondary School has also been left without auditing the funds used since more than three years.
NawaKadal Higher Secondary School principal, Fatimah Shaheen said, “Auditing of funds is pending for last three years in my school as it is done by AG (Accounts General) office.”
Chief Education Officer, Mudasir Kaleem Fazili told The Kashmir Monitor, “We are not the concerned authority accountable for auditing of funds in government schools.”
He said that Accounts General Office is the concerned authority which is responsible for supervising the utilization of funds in the government schools.
Deputy Accountant General, Tsewang Tharchin, was not available in the office nor could be contacted for comments. While the senior Audit Officer, Narinder Gupta too refused to comment on the issue.

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Municipal Polls-2018: CEO issues notification for 3rd Phase

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Srinagar, Sep 22: The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K Shaleen Kabra today issued notification for the conduct of 3rd Phase of Municipal Polls-2018.
The notification has been issued for Srinagar Municipal Corporation (ward No. 06 to 15 & 38 to 53), Municipal Committee Hajin (ward 1 to 13), Municipal Council Sopore (1 to 21 wards), Municipal Committee Uri (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Tral (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Awantipora (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Mattan (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Pahalgam (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Aishmuqam (1 to 13 wards) and Municipal Committee Seer Hamdan (1 to 13 wards) in Kashmir Division.
In Jammu Division the elections will be held in Phase 3rd in Municipal Committee Samba (1 to 17 wards), Municipal Committee Ramgarh (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Vijaypur (1 to 13 wards) and Municipal Committee Bari Brahmana (1 to 13 wards).
According to the notification the last date for making nominations is 29th September, 2018 (Saturday), the date for the scrutiny of nominations is 01 October, 2018 (Monday), the last date for withdrawal of candidature is the 03 October, 2018 (Wednesday), the date on which a poll, if necessary, shall be taken from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm on 13th October, 2018 (Saturday), the date of counting is the 20th October, 2018 (Saturday) and the date before which the election shall be completed on 27th October, 2018 (Saturday).

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KCCI’s Executive committee polls held, result on Sep 29

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Srinagar, Sep 22: The annual election to the Executive Committee of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) was conducted on Saturday.
The annual elections as per a statement issued to KNO started from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Kashmir Government Arts Emporium, Srinagar as per the provision of the Articles of Association of the Chamber.
Of the 1305 members of the Chamber 1082 (83%) cast their votes till 4:00 PM. The votes were cast personally by the registered member concerns.
The election process has been carried out under overall supervision of the Election Commission of the KCC&I consisting of Rauf Ahmad Punjabi, Chairman, Dr. Mubeen Shah, Member and Abdul Hamid Punjabi, Member.
The polling for the election was conducted by the Polling Committee consisting Qazi Mohammad Yehya, Chairman, G.M. Dug, Member, Majid Aslam Wafai, Member, Javid Burza, Member, Dr. Abdul Majid, Member, Maqsood Misri , members.
The polling process was held in most cordial, peaceful and transparent manner. The process of counting of votes will be started today and the result of poll shall be announced in the 84th Annual General Meeting of the Chamber scheduled to be held on 29th of September, 2018 at the SKICC, Srinagar.
“We at the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry are highly thankful to the management of Kashmir Government Arts Emporium especially the Managing Director, and Police Department,” the statement said.

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