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Govt asks Deptts to bring transparency in procurement of goods
12/11/2019 10:41:14 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
srinagar, Dec 11: Taking a note over misappropriation of funds, Jammu and Kashmir government has asked departments to bring transparency in procurement of goods.
Directives have been issued as government has received complaints that several departments have been purchasing goods more than reasonable costs, creating losses to the exchequer.
"Tenders should be invited following a fair transparency and reasonable procedure. Specifications in terms of quality type etc as also quantity of goods to be procured should be clearly spelt out keeping in view the specific needs of the procuring organizations. The specifications so worked out should meet basic needs of the organisation without including superfluous and non essential features which may result in unwarranted expenditure," a government directive reads.
"Every authority designated with the powers of procuring goods and hiring services in public interest has the responsibility and accountability. There has to be economy, efficiency, fairness, transparency, quality and amount of money while purchasing goods," it says.
The government has directed departments that care should be taken to avoid purchasing quantities more than required.
Sources said departments have also been told to submit annual procurement plan before the commencement of next year.
Similarly, departments have also been told to seek prior approval from the Finance and Planning Department before starting any development works.
Several government departments had started the developmental works without the administrative approval, which has led to funds crunch, sources said.
"These works have been started without any source of funding. Most of these works have been halted for want of funding," said an official of Finance Department.
"There are clear directives by the government that concurrence from the Finance and Planning and Development Departments is must for starting any work. A committee has also been framed to look into all the aspects and submit a report to the government along with its recommendations," the source said.
Several departments, the source said, while projecting new schemes and project proposals for inclusion in the annual action plans did not consult the Finance and Planning and Development departments.
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