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Funding of Languishing Projects: Finance Deptt issues guidelines

Asks Administrative Secretaries to designate PIAs, open escrow account

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Jammu, NOV 22: The Government has asked the Administrative Secretaries to urgently designate PIAs (Project Implementing Agencies) in their respective Departments to facilitate transfer of funds for completion of languishing projects approved by the High-Powered Committee.
“To streamline the process of financingand ensure timely completion of languishing projects approved by HPC for funding through Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC), all the concerned Administrative Departments shall immediately designate PIAs in their respective Departments,” said an order issued by the Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary.
It said each designated PIA shall open an escrow account in J&K Bank Moving Secretariat Branch on immediate basis and the Director Finance/FA&CAO of the concerned Department, Executive Director/Director Finance of JKIDFC and the concerned Bank branch shall execute a tripartite agreement for operationalization of the escrow account. “The whole exercise shall be completed by each Administrative Department within a period of 15 days with intimation to the Finance Department,” it said.
Director Finance/FA&CAO of the concerned Administrative Departments shall strictly ensure that payments are credited to the account of the contractor/implementing agency/vendor/claimant as the case may be directly through DBT, it said adding that it shall be the responsibility of the concerned Administrative Department to formulate a mechanism for submission of the claims to the Director Finance/FA&CAO concerned for settlement of payment through the designated mechanism in a time bound manner.
“Accordingly, all the concerned administrative Secretaries are requested to designate PIAs, open an escrow account and formulate a broad-based mechanism for DBT and timely transfer of funds on real time basis to meet the objectives of completion of languishing projects,” said the order adding that any amount transferred to each escrow account against any claim shall be settled through DBT within 48 hrs of its transfer from JKIDFC.
“Cognizant delay by any Director Finance/FA&CAO should invite penalty to the extent of interest accrued for the delayed payment for which Administrative Department concerned shall be responsible,” the order said adding that to avoid any such situation a coordinated framework shall be adopted by the departments under the overall supervision of Administrative Secretary involving Director Finance/FA&CAO, PIA and other implementing agencies.
Before incurring expenditure over any languishing project out of funds provided through JKIDFC, every Administrative Secretary is requested to ensure completion of the basic requisite formalities and issue a certificate accompanying each payment request.
It said each Administrative Secretary shall have to give a certificate to ensure sanction of Administrative Approval accorded to the original/revised project cost of each such project, to certify that the remaining part of the languishing project is not being funded through any other source of funding, that there is no land acquisition issue involved for the execution of the work, that all the necessary clearances pertaining to Forest and Environment have been obtained from the concerned quarters, wherever required, that original copy of DPR along with Technical Sanction and Cost benefit ratio has been vetted by the competent authority.
The Administrative Secretaries shall also certify latitude and longitude coordinates of each location of the project and ensure geo-tagging of all the languishing projects completed under this dispensation.
They will also ensure uploading of photographs before initiation and after completion of the work funded under this dispensation and submit project completion certificate duly signed by the head of the PIA and countersigned by the Administrative Secretary.
Pertinently, the Government has constituted a High-Powered Committee (HPC) headed by the Principal Secretary Finance for approval of languishing projects for funding through JKIDFC. The High-Powered Committee has in its four meetings convened till date approved 1296 languishing projects in various important sectors involving a cumulative investment of Rs 2720.87 crore.


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Govt to build old-age homes in every district

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Jammu, Dec 14: Secretary, Social Welfare, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone Friday reviewed the modalities for ensuring effective implementation of J&K Maintenance & Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2014.
The Act provides for comprehensive legal framework for elderly care system in the State including establishment of Old Age Homes and Senior Citizens Welfare Fund. It also provides for constitution of Maintenance Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal, State Advisory Council and Conciliation Officers to address the issues of Senior Citizens.
Executive Director/Secretary, State Social Welfare Board, Dr Khalid Hussain Malik informed the meeting that the proposals for establishment of Maintenance and Appellate Tribunal have been moved to Planning/Finance Department by the Administrative Department.
It was decided that till formal appointment of Conciliation Officers, the concerned CDPOs shall be designated as Conciliation Officers in their respective areas of jurisdiction while District Social Welfare Officers shall be designated as Maintenance Officers in their areas of jurisdiction.
The meeting also reviewed the modalities for constitution of State Advisory Council and District Committees for the effective implementation of the Act.
Secretary Social Welfare called for effective implementation of the Act on the ground so that its benefits reach to the intended senior citizens in need of care.
He said the project of old-age home at Jammu is in progress at a cost of Rs 9.73 crore and all Deputy Commissioners have been asked to identify land at the earliest for establishment of Old-Age Homes in their respective districts.
The meeting also discussed the modalities for institution of Welfare Fund for Senior Citizens to implement programmes for welfare and rehabilitation of senior citizens and to meet their medical exigencies.
Representatives of pensioners’ associations present in the meeting also gave their suggestions on how to make elderly care system more effective in the State.
Among others Commissioner Disabilities Mohammad Iqbal Lone, Director Social Welfare Department Jammu Dr Bharat Bhushan, Additional Secretary Social Welfare Department, Babu Ram, Director ICDS, Veer Ji Hangloo, Officers of Social Welfare Department and representatives of Pensioner’s and Senior Citizen’s Association attended the meeting.

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Extended evening flight timing at Sgr, Jmu airports from Jan 1

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Jammu, Dec 14: To give a big push to the tourism sector in particular besides further improving the connectivity with other parts of the country, the Government has decided to extend the timing of evening flights at Jammu and Srinagar airports from 1 January 2019.
“The Air Force authorities have been asked to extend watch hours from 8 am to 9 pm at Jammu Airport and 8 am to 8 pm at Srinagar airport to facilitate operation of flights during late hours,” Principal Secretary Civil Aviation Rohit Kansal said at a high-level meeting convened here today.
The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, Commissioner Civil Aviation, J&K, Capt S Katoch, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Air Officer Commanding Jammu, Directors of Jammu and Srinagar Airports, Chief Engineer R&B Jammu, SSPs (Anti-hijacking) Jammu and Srinagar, besides Chief Managing Director Pawan Hans Ltd.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Kupwara, Bandipora, Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar, Doda, Leh and Kargil also attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Kansal asked the Srinagar and Jammu airport directors to direct the airlines to start early morning and late evening flights on Srinagar and Jammu sectors.
To ease the connectivity to different regions of the state affected by the weather vagaries, Principal Secretary Civil Aviation reviewed helicopter services of all approved 10 routes besides directing restoration of services for Ladakh within a week.
While reviewing the helicopter service, the meeting called for giving wide publicity to the helicopter route schedules besides publicizing the contact numbers of nodal officers of all helipads in print and electronic media.
The concerned deputy commissioners were asked to ensure toilet, water and other basic facilities at helipads.
Pawan Hans Ltd authorities were also asked to adhere to the already publicized schedule in operation of services to avoid inconvenience to passengers.
The meeting also asked Pawan Hans to construct hanger at earliest so that helicopters can be stationed at designated helipads.
Meanwhile, Air force authorities were asked to facilitate hanger facility for helicopters till the completion of ongoing works of their own facility.
Regarding the runway extension of Jammu airport, boundary wall, the meeting was informed that works are going on in full swing and will be completed within stipulated time.
The meeting also discussed other issues related to acquisition of land at various places for extension of airports.
Regarding the operation of service under Regional Connectivity service from Kargil, the Deputy Commissioner Kargil and Director Airport informed that all the arrangements have been made to start the RCS flights.
The meeting also discussed the project for development of civil terminal and a new green filed at Jammu airport.

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Eviction notices to follow if politicians don’t vacate accommodations by Dec 21

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Srinagar, Dec 14: Though under the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Jammu and Kashmir Estates Department, the politicians including ex-minister and ex-legislators are bound to vacate the accommodations presently under their occupation one month after the dissolution of the assembly on or by December 21 but they have not vacated their accommodations including Bunglows and flats so far forcing the Estates department to issue eviction notices any time after December 21.
Top sources revealed that only a few have vacated but majority of the occupants are occupying Estates Bunglows both in Srinagar and Jammu and are not vacating their accommodations as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Estates department.
Those who have vacated in Srinagar or Jammu by now include Abdul Majid Bhat Larmi (Ex-MLA), Private house Rajbagh, Imran Raza Ansari (Ex-minister), private house Hyderpora, Murtaza Khan (Ex-MLA), Private house friends enclave Humhama, Bali Bhagat (Ex-Minister), M-2 Tulsi Bagh Srinagar, Devender Singh Rana (Ex-MLA), G-3 Gupkar road, Abdul Gani Kohli (Ex-Minister), M-4 Tulsi Bagh Srinagar, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar (Ex-MLA), 6-D SF Road Srinagar, Anup Khajuria (political person), 21-C TSK Jammu, Peerzada Mansoor (Ex-Legislator), 7-A Gandhi Nagar Jammu, Nazir Ahmad Mir (Political person), 13-H New BS Jammu, Sanaullah Dar (Political person), 138 Janipur Jammu, Peer Mohammad Hussain (Political person), 21-C-Gandhi Nagar Jammu, Usman Majid (Ex-MLA), 19 Rehari Staff Jammu, Shaheena Begum (Political person), 16-D Nehru Market Jammu.
Rest all the Ex-ministers and Ex-Legislators are yet to vacate the official Bunglows and flats both in Srinagar and Jammu.
A top government official said that Estates department is bound to serve eviction notices and charge rent as per penalty clause if the occupants including ex-ministers and ex-legislators don’t vacate their accommodations by December 21.

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