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Governor reviews SVC functioning

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Srinagar, July 4: Governor N. N. Vohra reviewed the functioning of State Vigilance Commission (SVC) on receiving the 5th Annual Report of the Commission with P.L. Gupta, Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), Srinagar.
The report contained to-date status of the complaints received by the Commission, action taken for their disposal and the conclusions arrived at by the SVC for making the Commission more effective and result oriented.
In-spite of the fact that the Commission remained non-functional from March, 2017 to October, 2017, the work-done by the Commission was appreciable. The report states that out of total 445 complaints received by the Commission during 2017, 26 were referred for departmental/administrative action and 16 referred for registration of FIRs/PEs by Vigilance Organization/Crime Branch/Police. 156 complaints were dismissed/filed after examination while another 82 were dismissed after thorough enquiry/hearing. During the period under reference the Commission disposed of 280 complaints. The Commission also rendered advice in respect of all 27 FIR cases and 79 Preliminary Enquiries/Joint Surprise Checks referred it to by the Vigilance Organization.
Since inception of the Commission in February, 2013, the number of complaints received by the Commission upto 31.12.2017, year-wise, are: 985 (2013); 1168 (2014); 1200 (2015); 989 (2016); 445 (2017). Briefly, out of the total 4,787 complaints received by the Commission since 2013, 4246 complaints stand disposed off while 541 are under scrutiny.
Governor also took note of the observations/recommendations of the Commission which include: (i) time bound operationalization of the pilot project on computerization of revenue record of twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar which was earlier scheduled to be completed by March, 2018; (ii) appointment of Chief Vigilance Officers in all Government departments to avoid irregularities in appointments/procurements; (iii) posting of District Vigilance Officers on the recommendations of SVC; (iv) making it mandatory to seek advice of SVC in case the concerned departments do not agree with the recommendations of Vigilance Organization and the advice so rendered shall be binding on concerned department; (v) hosting of Annual Property Returns of all Gazetted officers of State services on departmental websites; and (vi) installation of CCTVs in the offices having large public interface. This will help in strengthening the system of transparency, accountability and internal vigilance in the Government departments.
Governor complimented the Commission for the very significant work done and urged them to continue regular monitoring of all pending enquiry and prosecution sanction cases in accordance with the provisions of the State Vigilance Commission Act, 2011 and taking all possible initiatives to enhance awareness amongst people and encouraging them to come forward for reporting every case of dishonest functioning by Public Servants. Governor directed time bound action on the recommendations of the Commission which are pending disposal with various Administrative Secretaries.


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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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