Physical verification needed


Physical verification of all ongoing projects and concurrent evaluation is needed to make mid-term corrections during the implementation of the projects rather than evaluation to find out the variations which will improve the delivery mechanism at the grass root level by ensuring corrective measures to reduce time and cost over-run. A major step aimed at checking time and cost overrun, the Government has ordered physical verification of all ongoing projects across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir while issuing guidelines for improving efficiency in planning, management and monitoring of the developmental activities/ service delivery. The delay on the part of Economics and Statistics Department in release of evaluation studies has been viewed seriously and those at the helm of affairs in this department have been explicitly told to ensure that findings of such studies are shared with the concerned authorities well in time so as to facilitate them in taking corrective measures.
The outcome of the projects physically verified shall be shared with the Finance Department on monthly basis and adequate staff should be provided to District Statistical and Evaluation Officers as to facilitate them in conduct of physical verification of the projects in their respective jurisdiction. Even the Plan Formulation Division has been directed to assess the reasons of cost escalation cases and delay in execution of works and suggest measures to improve the delivery mechanism for completion of projects on time bound basis. Administration has taken serious note of inordinate delay in release of evaluation studies conducted by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics Department. Focus on formulation of project appraisal mechanism for the projects of the line departments before projects are actually launched and funds projected, earmarked and authorized on year on year basis should also be done.

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