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Secretary RDD cautions officers to avoid cost escalation of ongoing project

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Leh: Secretary, Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda on Sunday took stock of various issues and work status at a marathon meeting in Leh.
The DC/Chief Executive Officer, LAHDC, Leh Avny Lavasa, Director RDD, Kashmir Qazi Sarwar, Under Secretary, RDD, Rakesh Badiyal and all concerned officers and officials attended the meeting.
Nanda reviewed several ongoing centrally sponsored schemes in the region, including, MGNREGA, PMAY-G, Swachh Bharat Mission and 14th Finance Commission and took a detail overview of physical and financial progress, status of implementation, uploading of data on Rurban soft, release of convergence funds, creation of economic activities in the cluster, status of incomplete works, status of timely payment of wages, position of billing of works executed, status of Geo tagging on different phases, status of action plan of Financial Year 2019-20 and status of submission of Utilization Certificates to obtain 2nd instalment of funds etc.
Nanda sought a plan proposal of Rs: 1.00 crore under Rural Connectivity scheme which shall be spent for connecting those villages or hamlets which are not so far linked with main road. She urged the officers to strictly verify the bank accounts of job card holders and ensure that the benefits are reached to the actual beneficiaries.
Taking serious note on spending extra money on toilets without approving the revised estimate, Secretary RDD cautioned Engineering Wing to avoid cost escalation on all type of projects. Seeing delay in completion of some projects, she asked DC Leh to set deadline for completion of these works. Nanda desired to upload the completed works with photographs on Departmental website saying that such monitoring mechanism will ensure timely completion of works in a more transparent way. She further urged to carry out all the GoI schemes as per the guidelines and said that prompt progress of work and timely submission of UCs are essential to receive further funds. Moreover, Sheetal Nanda issued instruction to the engineering wings to devise estimation of projects mentioning the previous works in an incremental way so that it should indicate the actual status of projects.
Later, the Secretary RDD also took a meeting with the Implementing officers, BDOs, GRS, MPWs and VLWs about timely payment of wages.
RDD officials highlighted the Standard Operating Procedures of clearing the payments, maintenances of master sheets and role, recording of work progress, utilization of job cards, use of mobile monitoring system, holding of citizen information board, planning process during pre-execution, during execution and after execution, generation of person days etc.
The Secretary RDD cautioned the officers, GRS, MPW and VLWs to work hard in achieving the targets within the time frame by uploading the work status on website on regular bases and said that no one shall be spared for any kind of delay or lapses.

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