Utilise Budgetary Allocations In Full, Stresses Mehbooba

Jammu—Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today directed administrative secretaries to ensure that budgetary allocations to their departments are fully utilised by the end of the current fiscal.

Chairing the first meeting of administrative secretaries after opening of offices here, following shifting from Srinagar as part of the pre-Independence practice of “darbar move”, she said, “In no case should any funds revalidation or lapses be allowed to happen.”

In view of the upcoming winter season, the chief minister sought details of stocks of essential supplies in far-flung areas of the state like Ladakh, Marwah and Wadwan in Kishtwar district which usually remain cut off from rest of the state due to heavy snowfall.

She was informed that stock and supply position in these areas is by and large satisfactory, an official spokesperson said.

Mufti directed the officers to reflect the needs of their departments in the upcoming budgetary meetings and ensure that funds allocated to them are fully utilised by the end of this financial year.

She told the officers to keep a track of all projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Plan and to make it a point that these are executed according to the timeline already decided upon and in no case be allowed to overrun.

The chief minister directed them to periodically review these projects in their departments so that they are completed in time.

At the meeting, Mufti told the power secretary to improve distribution system during winter months.

The chief minister directed that all medical staff be rationally posted and told the health secretary to ensure that medical supplies corporation, entrusted with supply of drugs to hospitals, be made more vibrant and active, and supplies are ensured to hospitals in time.

Mufti directed the secretaries to start digitisation of their records.

Directing adoption of a monitoring mechanism to oversee proper implementation of Public Services Guarantee Act and Right to Information Act, she said all departmental enquiries, hanging fire for long, be concluded at the earliest.

The chief minister also laid stress on introducing file tracking system in all departments besides ensuring induction of biometric attendance system in every field office.


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