For transparency, real-time monitoring: Govt to geo-tag dev projects
Feb 17: Jammu and Kashmir government has
directed departments to geo-tag all the developmental projects to ensure
transparency and real-time monitoring of the works being undertaken in the
documents accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, reveal that Principal Secretary
Finance Department Arun Kumar Mehta has directed departments to ensure
geo-tagging of all the projects being implemented by Jammu and Kashmir
infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC).
a view to ensure effective real-time monitoring of the projects being
implemented by the JKIDFC, a geo-tagging facility has been created in the JKIMS
portal,” the documents read.
the nodal officers, as per the documents, shall have to take photographs either
online or offline and upload those on the JKIMS portal. The photographs which
will generate date stamp and location shall only be entertained with the
invoices being generated by the nodal officers.
the nodal officers shall have to make certain that no invoices are generated
without ensuring that the photographs taken either in online mode or offline
mode are uploaded on the JKIMS portal with date stamp and automatically
generated location stamp,” read the documents.
per the directive, the departments working to complete the languishing projects
shall not forward the invoices without ensuring that the photographs are
uploaded in the manner prescribed to get real-time picture of the work done at
the time of generating invoices.
the last one year, JKIDFC has approved funding for 5000 languishing projects.
official of Finance Department said Lieutenant Governor has issued directives
that all developmental works shall be properly monitored. “Government has
already initiated a probe into developmental works that were started without
administrative approval,” he said.
departments have also been told to seek prior approval from the Finance and
Planning Department before starting any development works.
authority designated with the powers of procuring goods and hiring services in
public interest has the responsibility and accountability. There has to be
economy, efficiency, fairness, transparency, quality and amount of money while
purchasing goods,” reads another order of Finance Department said.