MHA raises questions over use of security related funds in J&K
Srinagar, Feb 6:
After slashing security related expenditure (SRE), Union Ministry of Home
Affairs has raised serious questions over the use of funds in Jammu and
Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in a budget presented earlier this week, allocated
Rs 513 crore under SRE scheme for Jammu and Kashmir for 2020-21. The allocation
is very less compared to previous years. Since 1989, when the scheme was
introduced, Centre has spent around Rs 8000 crore for the reimbursement of SRE
Centre allotted Rs 650 crore to J&K under the SRE scheme. In 2017-18,
Centre had allotted Rs 628 crore.
However, in 2016-17 Centre had allotted Rs 1185 crore as SRE for
The SRE is to
support the logistical requirements of the J&K police to combat militancy
in the new Union Territory.
It provides 100%
reimbursement of expenditure for carriage of constabulary, honorarium of SPOs,
logistical support to security forces (SFs), construction of alternate
accommodation for SFs etc.
However, MHA has
raised serious questions over the use of allotted funds in J&K.
According to an
order of J&K’s Finance Department, the MHA has found a violation of basic
codal formalities and guidelines framed for the SRE in J&K.
course of internal audit by MHA with regard to reimbursement under SRE, certain
observations with respect to non-observance of basic codal formalities and
guidelines set up by SRE standing committee were found. In some cases it was
found that no codal formalities have been followed while procuring materials
under SRE scheme,” reads the order issued by Financial Commissioner, Finance,
Arun Kumar Mehta.
The MHA audit has
found that most of the drawing and disbursing officers (DDOs) have not produced
copies of main abstract of treasury vouchers for verification. Instead they
have brought only sub-vouchers of firms and abstract registers.
payment made by police headquarters to CRPF was claimed for reimbursement
without ascertaining the actual expenditure incurred by the user entity. None
of the DDO maintains a separate cash book for SRE thereby causing difficulty to
ascertain the expenditure booked under SRE,” it reads.
As per the order,
most of the DDOs have submitted statements of their claims under SRE scheme
without mentioning the amount of VAT/SGST etc.
Commissioner has directed DDOs to comply with the directives and follow codal
formalities and guidelines in letter and spirit while making payments. “Any
deviation from the above instruction in future shall attract severe
consequences,” adds the order.