Strengthening institutions for rapid social change, says LG Sinha

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Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha chaired a high-level meeting on Friday to discuss ways to effectively implement the initiatives announced in the J&K UT 2022-23 budget with the aim of maintaining growth momentum and creating synergy and convergence between the different departments.

The Lieutenant Governor said the action-oriented plan must reflect rapid economic development, strengthen institutions for rapid social change while ensuring equitable growth so that every citizen benefits from J&K’s prosperity.

The Lieutenant Governor directed administrative departments and district administrations to work in close coordination and provide UT and district plans in consultation with public representatives and other stakeholders to achieve the vision of ” Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas”, bringing transformational changes in people’s lives without any discrimination.

We have a substantial increase in budget support for infrastructure development, education, health care, strengthening of MICs, facilitation of investment and growth, employment, youth, empowerment of women and social sector programs to reach the last person in the back row, added the Lieutenant Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor was advised to formulate a work plan around six important elements – objectives, total expenditures, broad guidelines, measurable results with timelines, phasing of expenditures and evaluation. Specific guidelines have been adopted for the completion of the bidding process by May.

The UT and District plans are to be a roadmap for J&K’s development, progress, and prosperity; reflecting the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K, the Lieutenant Governor added.

Speaking on the governance reforms introduced over the past year and a half, the Lieutenant Governor said efforts to streamline the overall development process have yielded favorable results.

Tax collection reached Rs 15,180 cr with an increase of 25.33% over the last financial year; all treasury bills, verified contractors and pending languid project bills, power purchase liability of Rs 810 cr has been cleared. An increase of Rs 625 cr recorded in electricity revenue, in addition to the capital contribution of Rs 600 cr from J&K in the Kiru and Ratle projects, he added.

Expressing his confidence in the machinery of government, the Lieutenant Governor said that the absolute transparency of the system, the timely publication of the Capex budget component and the completion of the bidding process, and the timely submission Timely delivery of CUs will lead the government to achieve the unprecedented feat in project completion in FY 2022-23.

Administrative secretaries, deputy commissioners and other relevant officials have been instructed to place special emphasis on the development of border areas and villages, empowerment of women and youth, welfare of the elderly, Nasha Mukti Abhiyaan, Jal Jeevan Mission, CSS saturation, MGNREGA, tribal welfare, rural economy and infrastructure.

The Lt Governor also suggested that the analysis of the selected works be carried out to assess their effective implementation.

Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, instructed officials to work in mission mode to accelerate the pace of economic development in J&K UT.

J&K is one of the best performing UTs in terms of e-governance, e-office, living comfort, transparency and saturation of social systems. All vital aspects must be considered in UT and district plans to replicate the success of the previous fiscal year, he added.

Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary of the Department of Finance, said J&K’s historic UT budget of Rs 1,12,950 crore for the year 2022-23 envisages comprehensive development in Jammu and Kashmir, responding to the aspirations of the people. He also highlighted the achievements recorded during the previous fiscal year.

All administrative services have been requested to upload the approved work plan to the BEAMS portal with the approval of the competent authority before April 10, 2022.

Departments must initiate the electronic tendering process immediately in April 2022 and must ensure that each e-NIT must be issued no later than April 30, 2022 and that the tendering exercise bidding is done within a limited timeframe and that all bidding processes must be concluded no later than May 31, 2022.

The flow of funds to subordinate offices will be in online mode through BEAMS and all departments will be required to submit monthly reports on the progress made by them under various components.

Projects undertaken during the year will have to meet the basic disciplines of administrative approval, technical sanction and electronic tendering. Geolocated photographs will be required before the start of the work and after the end of the work to incur the expenses. The activities will be accessible to the public through the EMPOWERMENT web portal (www.janbhagidari.gov.in).

In addition, all District Development Commissioners were requested to provide district plans (project/work/activity) in consultation with the PRI, BDC and DDC of the district concerned at the earliest.

Relevantly, the government sanctioned the authorization of 50% of the capital revenue and expenditure budget, including district capital expenditure on the 2022-23 budget forecast through the estimation system, Budget Allocation and Monitoring (BEAMS) within the framework of appropriations approved by Parliament.

RK Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Ministry of Interior; Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health and Medical Education; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, Administrative Secretaries; divisional commissioners; Deputy commissioners, superintendents of police, department heads and other senior officers attended the meeting, both in person and virtually.




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