Officer refuses to release Rs. 2 crore for unauthorized work

Srinagar: Joint Director Agriculture (Inputs) Kashmir Mubarak Reshi is refusing to release over two crores for unauthorized work related to channeling and fencing of Agriculture farms across Kashmir despite being pressured by his top brass.

quoting sources GNS news agency reported that Director Agriculture Kashmir Showkat Beigh and Financial Commissioner Promod Jain are mounting pressure on the Joint Director Agriculture (Inputs) Kashmir Mubarak Reshi to release 2.11 crores for the channeling and fencing of Agriculture farms without Administrative Approval and Technical Sanction.

The nodal agency according to sources for executing the said work is SICOP which also confirms that the work has been executed unauthorizedly without necessary administrative approval and technical sanction.

The report also revealed that the planning and accounts sections of the agriculture director are clandestinely releasing bills for unauthorised allotments and supply orders. Interestingly, a group of suppliers during the recent visit of Financial Commissioner Agriculture Pramod Jain called on him and sought his intervention for the release of their overdue payments allegedly blocked by the planning and account sections for unknown reasons.

Interestingly, the charge of Deputy Director Planning is presently held by an in house officer of the Agriculture Department and similarly the charge of Accounts Officer has been given to an officer of Accounts Cadre who has the full fledged charge of Accounts Officer of the Funds Department.

Sources also said that some raw hands infamous for pushing through fake bills for unauthorised works have been working in the planning and accounts sections for a pretty long time.

When contacted Joint Director Agriculture (Inputs) Kashmir Mubaralk Reshi “How can I release the payment when the work has been done without administrative approval and technical sanction. I won’t release the payment till I am here. I am retiring on 31 March and won’t succumb to any pressure from any quarter”.

However, Director Agriculture Kashmir Showkat Beigh when contacted said: “The necessary documents related to the execution of the work have been washed out in the 2014 floods. The work has been executed legally and there is nothing wrong as far as the execution of work is concerned. Unfortunately Joint Director Agriculture Inputs Kashmir is refusing to release the payment as he has to retire by March end”. (GNS)


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