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Over 350 CAG audit paragraphs await action from Govt depts 

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Srinagar, Feb 26: Majority of the administrative departments of Jammu and Kashmir government have repeatedly failed to submit the Action Taken Notes (ATN) to the Auditor General on issues, which were highlighted and had featured in CAG reports from 2001 to 2016.

As per official documents, at least 682 audited paragraphs, mostly related to the functioning of the departments, featured in the CAG reports from 2000-01  to 2015-16, which on the recommendation of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the state legislature were to be furnished within six months of the respective CAG reports.

However, only 329 paragraphs were discussed by the committee till September last year, while the rest (352) are still outstanding.

 

As fresh circular issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) on February 14 said the Accountant General (Audit) Sushil Kumar Thakur, on January 8, had asked the departments to furnish ATNs on audited paragraphs, which had evoked no response from them.

The Accountant General had asked the concerned Administrative Secretaries to submit ATNs on the Audit Paragraphs “without any further delay.”

The pleas from the government for submission of the ATN have been continuously avoided since 1997, when Finance Department had ordered the departments to furnish the ATN of various paragraphs to the Auditor General.

In July 2017, a circular was also issued on instructions of the Finance Department and General Administration, which too met the same fate of ill-responsiveness by the executives of government departments.

Auditor General on January 8 wrote a letter to Chief Secretary to seek assistance for impressing the departments for the submission of ATNs within prescribed time.

“As you would appreciate, speedy follow-up action on the Audit Paragraphs is essential. I shall therefore be grateful, if you could impress upon the concerned departments to furnish the ATNs within the prescribed time limit,” he wrote in a letter.

In its list of paragraphs, the CAG has highlighted for the need of reviewing the functioning of departments including Agriculture Department, Forest, Public Works, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Transport, Tourism, Industries and Commerce, Social Welfare and Power Development.

While it highlighted shortcoming in the functioning of these departments, Action Taken Notes on prevalence of favouritism, extra expenditure on works, block of funds and scams was also sought.

In one instance, the then Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department was asked to submit Action Taken Note on embezzlement of government money in 2010, which the department as per the CAG report has not responded yet.

Similarly, issues including leakage of revenue were pointed out in Transport department in 2002, wasteful expenditure due to deficient planning in Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation in 2011.

As per the document, Industries and Commerce Department has not responded to the issue of loss of revenue in a dubious firm since 2002.

In 2004, the CAG report has noted about “unfruitful” expenditure on computerization of land records, which too has not been responded yet.

 


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Guv reassigns depts to Advisors

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Srinagar, Jul 17: Governor Satya Pal Malik Wednesday re-assigned the charge of departments to his Advisors.

As per the order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), Advisor Vijay Kumar has been assigned charge of the departments of Home, Forest, Ecology & Environment, Health & Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Hospitality & Protocol, Civil Aviation, Estates and Information.

Advisor Khurshid A Ganai has been assigned the charge of the departments of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, ARI & Trainings, Cooperative, Floriculture, Tourism, Election, Planning, Development & Monitoring, Labour & Employment and Higher Education.

 

Advisor, K Skandan has been assigned the charge of the departments of Information Technology, Industries and Commerce, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Ladakh Affairs, Revenue, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Transport and Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs.

Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma has been assigned the charge of the departments of Public Works (R&B), Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Power, Finance, Housing & Urban Development and Science and Technology.

Advisor Farooq Ahmad Khan has been assigned the charge of the departments of School Education, Technical Education, Hajj and Auqaf, Social Welfare, Tribal Affairs, Culture, Agriculture/ Horticulture and Rural Development & Panchayati Raj.

Papers related to General Administration Department shall be submitted by the Chief Secretary directly to Governor.

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PDP still believes it will bounce back

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Srinagar, Jul 17: A high level meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) leadership from south Kashmir was held at the party head office here in which various crucial issues confronting the state at present were discussed in detail.

Chaired by Party Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, the meeting deliberated over various measures that the party has taken in the recent past to widen its reach and make masses aware about its agenda and mission.

Veeri in his address stressed upon the leadership to hold constant contact with the general public and highlight the issues they face on day to day basis and seek their resolution on priority from the concerned quarters.

 

“Veeri expressed full confidence that the PDP will bounce back in a revitalised form on the state’s political scene and that the party will continue to push for peace with dignity which is the focal point of its agenda,” the party statement read.

He, it added, said that the workers are committed to the agenda of the party and the vision provided by its founder Mufti Sayeed who founded the party in “trying circumstances”.

PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, while addressing the meeting, stated that the party “will continue to pursue it till durable peace is restored and that will never barter interests of the state against petty political gains.”

PDP leader, Sartaj Madni in his address stated that the need of the hour is that the party leadership, functionaries, activists and supporters must work in close coordination and make sustainable efforts in party’s overall growth and impressive performance in the coming time.

The participants of the meeting expressed full confidence in the leadership of the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, resolving in unison to support her each and every endeavour aimed at getting the people out of the cycle of uncertainty and lead the state towards a prosperous future.

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Will find, deport all infiltrators in India: HM

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New Delhi, Jul 17:  The Centre will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in other states as well.

Currently, the NRC is being updated under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court in Assam and July 31 has been set as a deadline for final publication of the registered data.

 

“It is a very good question. The NRC is part of the Assam Accord and was also in (BJP’s) election manifesto based on which the government has come to power. The government will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country’s soil and will deport them as per the international law,” Shah said in the Upper House.

Noting that the Centre has received many representations for extending the NRC deadline in Assam, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said a petition signed by about 25 lakh applicants submitted to the Centre and the President demanded extension to correct anomalies.

Since many genuine names have been left out and many bogus names are registered, the minister said, “So the government has requested the (Supreme) Court to extend the time for this purpose”.

“There will be some delay but the NRC will be implemented properly without any faults,” he said, asserting that the government’s intention is to ensure no genuine citizen is left out of the NRC.

To a query on number of Rohingya Muslims in India, Rai said, “We don’t have an accurate data. They are spread across the country. Some of them have gone back to Bangladesh. We will get the data soon.” The government’s intention is to ensure no illegal immigrant is registered under the NRC. Foreigner tribunals have also been set up to curb illegal stay of foreigners in India, he added.

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