Srinagar, Oct 6:The Government has taken a serious note over failure of the officials in submitting project reports to Asian Development Bank.
Sources said that there are lot of projects where the officials have failed to submit the report to Asian Development Bank, resulting delay in implementation of projects.
One such project was Rs 4,000 crore for which Asian Development Bank has agreed to provide the grant.
On the request of JK government, ADB has agreed to grant third tranche loan of Rs 4,000 crore for development projects of the state.
ADB has told the JK government that it would provide loan for improvisation of urban services, water supply, roads and drainage system in the state.
However, the authorities did not submit the project reports despite multiple reminders by the ADB.
Sources said that now the government has taken serious note of the issue and has directed officials to submit report in time or face action.
“Government of India has also finalised the projects. But the authorities here are not concerned for submitting the projects reports to the ADB for final approval,” an official of Public Works Department said.
The ADB provides financing and services to low and middle-income countries to support development and change. Development projects are implemented by borrowing countries following certain rules and procedures to guarantee that the money reaches its intended target.
The official said there has been delay in completion of projects on which work was started under 2nd tranche loan. “The ADB agreed after the then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also raised the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley,” the official said. Now the Centre has taken a serious note and has warned action against officials for failing to submit the report in due time. “There are lot of officials who may face action from various departments,” the official said.
The official said that World Bank has approved Rs 5000 crore for over 200 projects in Jammu and Kashmir. “These projects were approved after submitting of project reports by the JK government to the World Bank. But the officials also did a lot of delay,” the official said.
Earlier Divisional Commissioners has directed deputy commissioners, director school education, chief education officers of Kashmir region to furnish requisite revenue documents/need assessment certificates/ non-encumbrance certificate, NOCs, etc. without further loss of time so that the projects are started.
“Chief education officers concerned will furnish the requisite “need assessment certificates” and other requisite certificates in respect of the schools identified under World Bank project to the respective deputy commissioners with intimation to director school education,” reads minutes of the meeting held under the chairmanship of divisional commissioner Kashmir earlier.
“Deputy Commissioners will get the revenue papers and non-encumbrance certificates prepared by the sub-ordinate revenue agency and forwards the same to superintending engineers PWD for further necessary action,” it adds.
In order to bring change in Pak behaviour, India must also change: Chidambaram
New Delhi, Apr 21: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Sunday said that in order to bring a change in Pakistan’s behaviour, India must also change its behaviour towards the neighbouring country. The former home minister also said that a way must be found to normalise the India-Pakistan relations so as to answer the country’s “biggest external challenge” in terms of security and various other aspects.
“Whatever we do, we have to make Pakistan change its behaviour. That means we must also change our behaviour towards Pakistan. These attitudinal changes will happen over a period of time. But we must make an effort,” he said at a discussion titled — “Beyond Politics: Debating a new Security Manifesto”, organised by think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) here. Retired Lt General DS Hooda, who headed the Army’s Northern Command when India carried out surgical strike in terror camps across the border in 2017, contended that “one surgical strike or air strike cannot change the behaviour of Pakistan.”
Gen (retd) Hooda also presented salient features of his report “India’s National Security Strategy” — a policy created by his team for the Congress party. Chidambaram said, “We build strong armies not to win a war but to avoid the war. If that is kept in mind everything will fall in place.”
“We may have tried everything and failed, but we have to try and try and try until we have a break. There is no reason why one day an Indian prime minister and a Pakistan prime minister cannot walk into each other’s territory and shake hands,” he said, adding there has to be some “radical” thinking, a departure from conventional thinking. Chidambaram suggested that efforts should be made to resolve issue which are easy to sort out and batted for increased mutual visits by the people of the two countries.
He said war is not an option for developing countries like India and Pakistan. “Barring China, countries in the region are not even middle income countries. The narrative of war is misleading. The war is not at all an option,” he said. “We cannot afford to do things beyond the economic capacity.”
He also explained how internal security is also linked to the national security, mentioning the case of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and Naga insurgency. Chidambaram disputed the claim of the BJP that the current government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a strong one, claiming that last year saw the highest number of terrorist incursions, highest number of deaths of security jawans and civilians.
Lt. Gen. (retd) Hooda said there is a need for a longterm security policy to be effective against adversaries. He also underlined the need to solve issues like Jammu and Kashmir with a combination of effective military and political policies.
Advisor Sharma reviews Darbar Move arrangements
Takes stock of PadshahiBagh – Wullar Lake Diversion Channel
SRINAGAR, APRIL 21: Advisor to Governor K.K. Sharma today visited Civil Secretariat, Srinagar, and took stock of the arrangements being made regarding the Darbar move.
Later, he visited Bemina to get the status of ongoing work on PadshahiBagh – Wullar Lake Diversion Channel.
During the visit, the Advisor was accompanied by Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Chief Engineer RNB, SE Irrigation and Flood Control and other senior officers of the department.
Taking stock of the work, the Advisor directed the concerned to expedite the work on the channel and remove all the bottlenecks so that the project could be completed at an earliest.
He also visited the site of Automatic Gauge Reader System (Measuring water level) at Ram MunshiBagh.
RO Anantnag reviews final preparedness
ANANTNAG, APR 21: Returning Officer (RO) Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, Khalid Jahangir today in presence of General Observers, Police Observer convened a meeting of Assistant Returning Officers (ARO), Nodal Officers, Zonal and Sectoral Magistrates to review the final preparedness for the smooth conduct of parliamentary elections conducted in the district on April 23, 2019.
The RO stressed upon the officers that they should put in best their efforts to ensure that elections are conducted in the smooth and fair manner in accordance with Election Commission of India (ECI) directions. He emphasized that proper implementation of the plans be ensured so that no room is left for any laxity or lapses.
Zonal and Sectoral Magistrates were re-sensitized that they shall ensure assured minimum facilities (AMU), arrangements for polling parties, conduct of mock poll, carrying of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) as per standard operating procedure, maintenance of law and order, keep close watch on the situation and also ensure that no intimidation to voters, booth capturing or any other malpractice takes place. The concerned officers were asked to ensure strict adherence to all the aspects of these plans and directed for that timely, safe and secure induction and re-induction of polling parties according to standard operating procedure.
The AROs were directed that dispatch centres must be properly organised. All the officers were directed to work with dedication and zeal and handle the election process in a meticulous, professional and efficient manner to ensure peaceful, free fair and transparent elections.
The meeting was attended by Narash Thakral General Observer for Bijbehara and Pahalgam constituencies, Daljitsingh Manget General Observer for Dooru and Anantnag, Rajvee Sharma General Observer for Kokernag and Shangus, Ajay Kumar Tripati Police Observer, DIG CRPF Mohsin Shaheedi, SSP Anantnag Altaf Ahmad Khan, Additional Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Deputy District Election Officer, AROs of Anantnag, Nodal Officers, Zonal Magistrates & Sectoral Magistrates.
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