Srinagar, Mar 31: The non-submission of
utilization certificates (UCs) by various departments in J&K has been
impacting the flow of funds from the Government of India to the state, thus
hampering public works.
The departmental heads have been directed
to submit UCs to the government for transparency in utilization of funds of
various developmental works.
However, it has been found that various
departments have not submitted the UCs for various schemes to the government.
As per a recent order of the Finance
Department, some departments either avoid follow-up or are indifferent towards
submission of these certificates to the concerned ministries in Government of
India, which “adversely impacts flow of funds and thus hampers the development
of the state”.
The order reads: “Centrally sponsored
schemes play a pivotal role in achieving desired levels of development in the
state, therefore, important to ensure expeditious implementation of such
projects, which necessitates timely submission of UCs and timely achievement of
physical and financial milestones.”
The government has directed the departments
to ensure “regular follow-up” with the concerned ministries in government of
India for accessing funds under centrally sponsored schemes and ensure timely
submission of UCs.
An official of the Finance Department said
that it was mandatory for departments to submit UCs so that the government
knows where the money has been utilised.
“But various departments are not submitting
utilization certificates to the concerned ministry. The Centre has already
stopped the funds to various schemes,” the official said.
According to a government circular issued
to departments last year, it has been observed that various administrative
departments do not fully utilize the funds authorized under different centrally
sponsored schemes during the currency of a particular financial year and often
seek “revalidation of the funds even upto the fag end of the next financial
“All the administrative departments shall
provide the details of allocation under different centrally sponsored schemes
to the Finance Department. They shall also share with the Finance department
the pending proposals/claims with concerned Union ministry, if any, during the
currency of the current financial year to facilitate follow up action, if
required, by the Finance Department,” read one of the circulars.