Srinagar, Jan 18: Several officials in the Rural Development Department have been purchasing construction material of their choice in violation of the rules.
Government has directed departments that construction material shall not be purchased without the consent from the departmental-level purchase committee (DLPC).
However, it has surfaced that several officials in the Rural Development Department (RDD) Kashmir have purchased construction material without the consent from the DLPC.
Accounts officer RDD recently wrote a letter to concerned authorities asking for “necessary action” against the officers involved.
“It has surfaced that AEE block Vassu has purchased the key construction for foot-bridge at Palpora locally at his choice thus violated purpose of the government order where under the powers for arrangement of key construction material vested in the DLPC only,” the communiqué, a copy of which is with The Kashmir Monitor, reads.
“All the officers of the department connected with the execution of works are responsible for ensuring that the material used at the work sites or from departmental stores and local material shall not be used.”
The officer said that DLPC would not be responsible for any procurement made in violation of the standing orders.
The Director RDD has also written a letter to Project Officer Wage Employment stating that a divisional-level purchase committee was constituted for procurement of key construction material required for execution of various developmental works.
The Director said that instructions were issued that the requisitions for material be submitted to the directorate ACDS for all the activities under implementation of the department under various sectors on quarterly basis.
“In no case the choice of officers, mate, facilitators in procuring the material on their whims and wishes shall not be allowed,” the Director has directed.
He also directed that material used at the works sites are only from departmental stores.
“The local material shall not be used in any case,” he added.

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