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R&B, I&C Departments submit fake undertakings for sanction of projects

To an utter shock, fake undertakings about projects were furnished by two key government departments to the High Powered Committee (HPC) constituted for sanctioning of languishing projects for funding by the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation Limited.

Moreover, the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation has yet not obtained loan from the financial institutions for making payments to the projects of different sectors and to clear the bills of the already executed works.

Many projects which have been taken up without accord of Administrative Approval are held up due to some legacy issues. In order to resolve all such cases a committee headed by Financial Commissioner, Finance Department and comprising of Principal Secretary to Government, Housing and Urban Development Department, Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring Department and Commissioner/Secretary to Government, School Education Department was constituted.

It was clearly conveyed in the order that the concerned administrative departments will identify all such projects where Administrative Approval has not been accorded but are under execution and submit same to this committee for clearance.

A meeting was recently scheduled of this committee and the Administrative Secretaries of the Roads and Buildings and Industries and Commerce Departments were requested well in time to attend the meeting but none of them was present at the scheduled time to attend the meeting, read the minutes of meeting issued by Director Finance (Resources), Finance Department Showkat Hussain Mir.

The absence of Administrative Secretaries of R&D and Industries and Commerce Department led to deferment of the meeting till further orders. As per reports, no action has been taken against the officials who were responsible for submission of fake undertakings to the High Powered Committee.

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