Funds swindle in water Supply Scheme

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Srinagar: In a significant order the State Vigilance Commission has directed Commissioner/Secretary to Government , PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control  Department for initiation of  Regular Departmental Enquiry  against officers and engineers  allegedly involved in mis-management and misappropriation of Government funds released for execution of water supply scheme Malangpora and water supply scheme Jungalnar Shalitokena , Awantipora Pulwama.

The Commission issued these directions while proceeding on a complaint against Executive Engineer, PHE Division Awantipora and Executive Engineer Mechanical Division South Awantipora in connection with drawl of huge funds from the Government exchequer in the name of water supply schemes at Jungalnar and Malangpora, which were approved in the year 2003-04 and 2007-08 respectively under ARWSP (Augmentation of Rural water Supply Programme) to provide water facilities to at least nine villages of District Pulwama. It was alleged that the concerned officers /engineers despite drawing funds in crores from time to time have done nothing on ground,  consequently the inhabitants of the villages are still waiting for drop of water, besides  the records pertaining to PHE Division Awantipora  show  that underground pipes have been laid but nothing exists on spot,  exhibiting  that the Government funds  have been swindled without fulfilling the purpose. Keeping in view the hardships suffered by the villagers, the  State Vigilance Commission directed the District Vigilance Officer (ADC) Pulwama for on spot enquiry and report thereof before the Commission.

The report submitted by the District Vigilance Officer( DVO) Pulwama prima facie revealed that although the water supply scheme Malangpora was shown completed in the year 2014-2015 but part of the scheme meant for poor habitations of Malangpora was still non-functional owing to ill–planning and malafidies of the concerned officers/Engineers rendering half of the population projected to be covered under the schemes did not benefit. Likewise water supply scheme Jungalnar, Shali tokina was not well planned resulting in failure of the scheme and wastage of public money at large,  exposing the work culture,  feeble management and loose supervision  on the part of  concerned officers/engineers resulting in  huge loss to the state exchequer.

The State Vigilance Commission taking serious note of irresponsible approach adopted by the concerned officers/engineers posted at PHE Division Awantipora directed Commissioner/Secretary to Government, PHE (I&F) for initiation of Regular Departmental Enquiry. It has been further directed that immediate audit and inspection of the schemes be carried out by a team of officers of indisputable integrity.

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