The absolute slackness


The Rural Development Department has failed to make any progress on 73 languishing projects during the past nearly one year despite clearance of the same by the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC) Limited. Financial Commissioner Finance conveyed concern to the Secretary to Government, Rural Development Department with the direction to gear up the official machinery to ensure early start of work to provide benefit to the people. A High Level Committee on February 25, 2019 had approved 73 languishing projects of the Rural Development Department for funding through Jammu & Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC) Limited and at the time of approval of these projects having estimated balance cost of Rs 17.70 crore, different timelines were fixed for their completion. However, during the past nearly one year the Rural Development Department has failed to make any progress on these projects.
What to talk of those projects, which were to be completed in the months of May and August 2019, even those languishing works for which timeline of two months was fixed by the High Level Committee have not been completed till date, which is the clear testimony of slackness and non-serious approach of the Rural Development Department. The non-seriousness in executing work on these projects came to the fore during the 9th meeting of the High Powered Committee. Of these 73 projects, whose fate is still hanging in balance, 22 are in Udhampur district, 13 in Rajouri, 9 in Doda, 7 in Reasi, five each in Samba, Ramban and Poonch districts, 4 in Kathua and 3 in Kishtwar. The projects in Doda district on which no progress has been made include construction of road up to Patta village in Doda, construction of temporary accommodation for establishment of new Kendriya Vidyalaya at Jodhpur in Doda, construction of Hanch to Draman road and link road from Dharout to Kastigarh etc. However, in order to ensure that people start taking benefit of these projects, the Rural Development Department should leave no stone unturned to immediately start work and ensure their timely completion and dilly-dallying approach in execution of work amounts to defeating the objectives behind floating of scheme for languishing projects.

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