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01/12/2017

The much-needed revamp of Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) has not begun so far due to sluggishness on the part of those who remained at the helm of affairs in this Corporation despite repeated directions from successive R&B Ministers and recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General of IndiaThis clearly indicates that nobody in this Corporation wants to run it on professional lines and everybody is content with its present status despite the fact that it has huge potential to become major profitable company of the Government. The then Minister for R&B Altaf Bukhari while chairing the review meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation on July 10, 2015 had underlined the need for running the Corporation on professional lines to increase its profitability. He had even directed the senior officers of the Corporation to expand its ambit by participating in national level biddings. As there was no follow-up action the then R&B Minister, while chairing Board of Directors meeting of JKPCC on December 30, 2015, reiterated his earlier directions. He explicitly told the JKPCC that instead of only looking towards the State Government for contracts, the Corporation should immediately set into motion the process for participation in various competitive biddings at national level.
However, neither revival or growth plan was prepared nor interest was shown in bidding process for mega projects within and outside the State, which was viewed seriously by the present R&B Minister Naeem Akhtar while chairing meeting of JKPCC on February 18, 2017. He had directed the officers of JKPCC to prepare a growth plan and provide a sketch to the Government on how the organization could be revamped on a large scale. "An organization of this side which has been able to generate Rs 400 crore could be pushed to generate Rs 4000 crore revenue if Corporation starts laying hands on the national and international projects", the R&B Minister had stressed. But till date neither any comprehensive revival or growth plan has been prepared till date nor modalities worked out for creating separate divisions each for bridges, buildings, roads and mechanical works and it is a matter of concern that while numerous private companies have won contracts for mega developmental projects in the length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir the Corporation is content with the works being awarded by the Government agencies only. It is pertinent to mention here that Comptroller and Auditor General of India, while dealing with certain aspects of JKPCC some years back, had also laid stress on complete revamp of the Corporation in order to make it a most profitable venture. The CAG too had suggested participation of Corporation in the national and international level biddings.

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