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How JK’s Overseas Employment Corporation drained more than Rs 47 lakh of public money
Company created without any planning, existed without any meaningful activity
1/12/2021 11:02:50 PM

JAMMU, Jan 12: Yet another example of how the ill planning of the past governments resulted in the huge loss to the government exchequer has come to the fore. Improper planning of the Jammu and Kashmir State Overseas Employment Corporation Limited, to set up its office at New Delhi without any meaningful activity, resulted in unproductive expenditure of Rs 47.86 lakh on salary of staff, hiring of premises and other expenses.
Reports informed that the Head Office of the Company failed to select and recommend any candidate to the New Delhi office during the entire period i.e. December 2010 to June 2016. As a result, New Delhi office could not provide services to any candidate. This showed that the office was created without any planning and existed without any meaningful activity. An expenditure of Rs 47.86 lakh incurred on payment of salary of staff and rent of the office premises was thus, rendered unproductive.
Rent incurred upon the was Rs 20.10 lakh while as Salary of General Manager was Rs 19.17 lakh; money incurred during the period on the salary of orderly was Rs 2.49 lakh while as maintenance expenses were recorded as Rs 76 thousand. The cost of advertising and Travel expenses was as per documents Rs 5.34 lakh.
Documents in possession of Early Times reveal that in order to facilitate the educated/ skilled labour force of the State in seeking employment within and outside the country, the Jammu and Kashmir Government accorded sanction in November 2009 for setting up of Jammu and Kashmir State Overseas Employment Corporation Limited (JKSOECL). To assist/ facilitate the candidates selected by the Head Office in the completion of formalities like obtaining passport, extending passport validity, visa clearance, airlines reservation and authentication of documents from the concerned agencies, office of the General Manager (Marketing) was established in New Delhi from December 2010. However, it was made functional from March 2012.
Documents further reveal that against the post of one General Manager (Marketing), one Assistant Marketing Manager, one Computer Assistant and one orderly (contractual), only one General Manager (Marketing) and one orderly were posted in Delhi office. The Company in December 2010 hired an office premises on a monthly rent of Rs 30,000. General Manager (Marketing) was posted for a brief period of 28 months from August 2011 to December 2013, while the premises continued to remain rented upto June 2016, i.e., a period of 2 ½ years.
Meanwhile, the loss of money due to such a decision was not the only worrying concern. The embarrassing situation caused due to which actions has reflected how the bad planning used to rule the roost in Jammu and Kashmir with successive regimes treating the public purse as their personal luxury that could be spent on anything or everything without any consideration of the outcome. The establishment of Jammu and Kashmir State Overseas Employment Corporation Limited and its subsequent failure looks tip of an iceberg. However, it is enough to reveal the rotten system calling shots in an otherwise cash starved region.
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