Ultimately it is at District administration level that monitoring of the on-going projects has to be made regularly and progress reported to higher authorities. This practice has been in vogue for quite some time. However, with acceleration developmental enterprises in various departments, the work of monitoring has expanded substantially. In view of this, the Government, in pursuance of expansion of administrative structure in the State ordered appointment of Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) in each district with the specific instructions that they will be regularly visiting the sites where developmental projects are working and submit monthly reports of progress. While chairing a high level meeting at Srinagar on June 15, 2016, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had expressed dissatisfaction over the tardy implementation of developmental programmes in the State and asked the officers to put their act together for effective and time-bound implementation of the schemes and welfare measures. Consequently, instructions were given to top echelons of bureaucracy to ensure that Additional District Development Commissioners in all districts personally inspected projects and posted the developmental activities on their websites.
However, a year has passed by when these instructions were issued but there are at least four hilly districts in the State where the posts of Additional District Development Commissioners are lying vacant. In such a situation, there is nobody to do the monitoring of the progress in projects and report the same to the higher authorities. No doubt the District Development Commissioners have to perform their duty of review, inspection and monitoring of projects and do the needful even if the ADDC are not appointed. But the bulk of work that the DCs are required to perform leaves them little time to do the monitoring and review. Despite lapse of nearly one year direction of getting five projects every month inspected and evaluated through each ADDC has not been taken seriously by the Planning and Development Department. None of the ADDC has been formally assigned the task of inspecting five projects every month. Naturally there are serious apprehensions that the districts where the posts of ADDC are still vacant, monitoring of progress may not happen and these will remain pending and ultimately to the loss of the people of those districts. We therefore implore upon the Government to fill the vacant posts of ADDCs as early as possible and avoid stalemate in the functioning of monitoring the progress of projects.