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Whopping Rs 390 crores of state exchequer wasted on incomplete projects in JK
When public purse was drained with impunity
12/13/2019 10:47:01 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 13: The Jammu and Kashmir government has spent more than a whooping Rs. 390 crores out of the state exchequer on incomplete projects in the erstwhile state; thanks to the inefficacy and dilatory mode of working of those at the helm here.
As per the official documents in possession of the Early Times, a total expenditure of Rs. 393 crore was incurred up to the year 2016-17 by the State Government on various incomplete projects costing more one crore which have been taken up by the Water Works Department, Public Works Department and Public Health & Engineering Department, Power Development Department.
During 2016-17, the Government of India released Rs. 8,157.17 crore out of which Rs. 7,848.90 crore as Grants-in-Aid was routed through Reserve Bank of India to State Government for implementation of 67 Schemes (both State Plan and Central Plan). The State Government however, placed budgetary provision of only Rs. 6,488.07 crore under 22 schemes in approved Demand for Grants 2016-17.
Out of Rs. 6,488.07 crore under 22 schemes budgeted in the approved Demand for Grants, the State Government incurred an expenditure of Rs. 2,899.97 crore under 17 schemes with nil expenditure under 05 schemes.
The State Government also booked an expenditure of Rs. 114.30 crore under 6 schemes without budgetary provision.
Accordingly, the expenditure, reveal the official documents, incurred by the State Government under remaining 39 schemes (67 schemes-28 schemes) for which the Grants-in-Aid was released by the Government of India could not be watched as neither the provision was placed in the Demand for Grants nor the expenditure at primary unit was booked by the State Government during 2016-17.
Further, lump sum Budgetary Grants without scheme-wise breakup was placed with the Controlling Officers in the approved Demand for Grants by the State Government and the Drawing and Disbursing Officers continued to incur expenditure without the scheme of expenditure being recorded. The total expenditure in this regard amounts to Rs. 242.09 crore.
Furthermore, the four-laning of the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar highway was delayed due to land acquisition issues at the 67.7-km Srinagar-Banihal section. The contract was awarded in September 2010 to a consortium of Ramky Infrastructure (74 per cent stake) and China's Jiangsu Provincial Transportation Engineering Group Co Ltd. The venture had to design, build, finance, operate and transfer the project on an annuity basis. The concession period was 20 years. The semi-annual annuity was Rs 134.82 crore and the estimated project cost was Rs 1,101 crore. The project is yet to witness completion with government claiming that it would be completed soon. Earlier, it was scheduled to be completed by June 2016.
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