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Failure to ensure encumbrance free land for Allopathic Dispensary
DHS Jammu renders Rs 77. 90 lakh unfruitful
3/30/2015 11:20:39 PM
Arun Singh

Early Times Report

Jammu, Mar 30: The slackness on the part of Director Health Services, Jammu to ensure availability of encumbrance free land before taking up construction of Allopathic Dispensary at Tarore, resulted in unfruitful expenditure of Rs 77. 90 lakh.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report said that with a view to provide health care facilities to the inhabitants of Tarore Town (Block Purmandal) Jammu and surrounding village, the Department proposed construction of a double storey Allopathic dispensary with residential quarters at Tarore on a piece of land identified by the Block Medical Officer at a cost of Rs 95.20 lakh in January 2009. The project was sanctioned in July 2009 under the loan assistance from NABARD Rural Infrastructure Development Fund XV at a cost of Rs 91.57 lakh (loan assistance Rs 79.57 lakh and State share Rs 12 lakh). CAG further pointed out that the records of the Director Health Services, Jammu showed that the land identified by the Department construction of the Dispensary had previously been in possession of the Education Department. The construction of the building was allotted in February 2010 by the Executive Engineer PW (R&B) Division Samba to the contractor at a cost of Rs 58.01 lakh for completion within six months. The construction of the building was started in April 2010. However, a private individual who had earlier claimed the ownership of land while it was under the possession of Education Department obtained stay order in June 2010 from the court for maintaining status quo. The Department without taking cognizance of the stay order continued construction of the building till September 2011 when the court passed a decree in favour of the land owner, CAG revealed. The construction work was stopped in September 2011. An expenditure of Rs 77.90 lakh (expenditure incurred on work Rs 59.88 lakh, material booked Rs 11.91 lakh (2012-13) and amount held under deposit Rs 6.11 lakh (2012-13)} was incurred on the construction of building during the period from 2009-10 to 2012-13 which was rendered unfruitful. The matter was referred to the Government/ department in March 2014. The Department stated (June 2014) that the construction works had got delayed due to litigation and not because of deliberate departmental inaction. The reply was not appropriate as encumbrance free land was not ensured before taking up construction of Allopathic dispensary.
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