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Govt Releases 50% Funds To DCs For Ongoing Works With Barrage Of Conditions

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Srinagar, July 20: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Monday accorded sanction to the release of 50% funds under District Capex (Regular Component) in favour of all District Development Commissioners in respect of ongoing Works and Non-Construction activities to be completed during the Current Financial Year 2020-21 or at the most during next financial year.
In an order issued here by the government, the concerned have been asked to pay due attention to the implementation of schemes funded under CSS/PMDP/NABARD etc which are shared on 90:10 basis after checking availability of funds subsequent to which matching share shall be provided and should be the first priority.
However, the order says, the utilization of funds so released shall be subject to the as many as 18 conditions enumerated in the order. They include: 1. No new schemes to be initiated till expenditure restrictions are withdrawn and only after prior concurrence of Finance Department.
2. There shall be no expenditure on vehicles and furniture without specific permission from the Finance Department.
3. The DDCs/Controlling Officers/AOs shall release funds in respect of those ‘ongoing works’/ non-construction activities to be completed during the current financial year or at the most during next financial year.
4. The DDCs/Controlling Officers/AOs, before authorizing funds through BEAMS shall ensure that the “ongoing work”/non-construction activity has been initiated after following due e-tendering procedures and AA/TS is in place.
5. In no case the funds shall be released to clear any past liability and the same, if any shall be referred to Finance Department for appropriate action. However, bills that could not be presented during last fortnight of March, 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, can be accommodated suitably in work programme this year and bills drawn as per procedure laid down.
6. Treasury Officers shall ensure that all the codal formalities have been fulfilled and all the documents viz. AA/TS, e-tendering etc. are in place while entertaining the bills through the “JKPaySys” besides the before, during and after completion photographs of the work.
7. The funds so authorized shall be utilized by the concerned authority only for the specified purpose after observing all pre-requisite formalities as required under rules. The execution of works shall be taken up strictly for the approved activities only within the approved cost and no liability shall be created ensuring financial discipline in the system.
8. The DDCs/ Controlling Officers shall be personally responsible for any liability created on account of un-approved/un-authorized works.
9. All works/schemes must be supported with technically vetted DPRs and must be prepared by the executing agencies in close consultation with the user agency.
10. The projects/schemes shall be executed and completed strictly within the timeline as stipulated in the tender document and as fixed by the Competent Authority.
11. The departments shall ensure that the expenditure against the authorized funds, are made in stipulated timeframe.
12. The ban on engagement of casual workers, need based workers, etc shall continue to be in force.
All development/capex release orders issued by the DDCs/Controlling Officers shall invariably have the condition that the Departments shall refrain from making fresh engagements under projects/schemes. 13. There shall be no expenditure on Revenue or Revenue-like components out of District Capex Budget. 14. The expenditure shall be debited to the appropriate Head of Account as provided in the Demand for Grants and available on the BEAMS portal.
15. All DDCs/Controlling Officers/DDOs shall ensure uniform pace of expenditure during the financial year so as to avoid rush of expenditure at the fag end of the financial year 2020-21.
16. The executing agencies while preferring bills to Treasuries shall invariably ensure photographic evidence of all works pre, during and post execution alongwith latitude-longitude coordinates/geo-tagging of the project location for its uploading into system as devised for the purpose.
17. Executing agencies shall comply to standing guidelines/ instructions on lockdown measures in the UT of J&K.
18. The funds shall not be utilized for the schemes/projects approved for funding through JKIDFC under languishing project scheme and these projects/schemes stand deemed to be excluded from Capex Budget.

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