Failto meet timeline

12/04/2018

Despite their clear-cut involvement in the embezzlement, loot and plunder of the funds meant for Pargwal Canal Command Area Development (CAD) Project, the erring officers have remained unpunished as a committee of senior officers has failed to meet the timeline for holding in-depth inquiry and making necessary recommendations to the Agriculture Production Department. Agriculture Production Department received physical and financial progress ending June 2017 in respect of Pargwal Canal Command Area Development Project from Director Command Area Development Department vide communication No CADJ/Adm/2017-18/279 dated July 31, 2017 followed by letter dated September 20, 2017. While going through the monthly progress report till June 2017 for the project, the Agriculture Production Department found that the Assistant Soil Conservation Officer Sarore had booked an expenditure of Rs 27.10 lakh within a period of one week of receiving funds.
As no works had been executed in excess to the released amount in the last financial year (2016-17) on ground and State exchequer was embezzled on false claim of liability, the Project Officer was confronted with the facts and figures. It was also observed by the senior officers that claim of the Project Officer that pressure was exerted on the Assistant Soil Conservation Officer Sarore by so-called executers to pay the pending claims had no basis especially in the light of the fact that Project Officer had himself approved many payments whose number is approximately seven out of 18 drawls. Accordingly, vide Government Order No.318-Agri of 2017 dated December 22, 2017 Commissioner Secretary to the Government, Agriculture Production Department Mohammad Afzal constituted a committee of officers to conduct in-depth inquiry into the misappropriation of funds. What to talk of submitting its finding within the stipulated time-frame (by January 22, 2018), the committee has not even started detailed inquiry despite the lapse of nearly three months and due to failure of the committee to complete the assigned task in a time bound manner the erring officers have remained unpunished.

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