FD releases 100 pc funds from Capex budget for development works in J&K

‘No expenditure on revenue, ban on casual workers to stay’
50 pc funds approved for new works of next FY
Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Jan 15: With a view to give boost to ongoing developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the Finance Department today ordered release of 100 percent funds out of approved Capital Expenditure (Capex) budget in respect of on-going works and non-construction activities targeted to be completed during current financial year of 2020-21.
An order to this effect was issued today by Financial Commissioner (Finance Department) Dr Arun Kumar Mehta.
The Finance Department has also ordered release of further funds out of approved Capex budget 2020-21 as per the requirement projected by the Departments for completion of ongoing works and non-construction activities in the next financial year 2021-22 where physical progress can be achieved during the current financial year.
The Department sanctioned release of 50 percent funds out of approved Capex budget 2020-21 in respect of new works identified by the Department for completion by next financial year of 2021-22.
“The work-wise activity-wise release of funds will be made through Budget Estimation, Allocation and Monitoring System (BEAMS) and Administrative Secretaries of the Departments will review progress of completion/expenditure on fortnightly basis. Major focus of the Departments should be on outcome and each work taken up for execution should be fully verified and conform to laid down procedures like accord of Administrative Approval/Technical Sanction, e-tendering, furnishing of Geo-tagged photographs of projects etc,” the Finance Department order said.
It added that due attention shall be paid to implementation of schemes funded under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), Prime Minister’s Development Plan (PMDP), NABARD etc which are shared on 90:10 basis after checking availability of funds subsequent to which matching share shall be provided and they should be the first priority.
The Finance Department has, however, imposed conditions on utilization of funds.
Though there will be no restrictions on expenditure, the expenses will be restricted to the extent of funds authorized by the Finance Department. The Departments will not be able to spend on vehicles and furniture/furnishing without obtaining specific permission from the Finance Department.
“The Director Finance(s)/FA & CAOs and CAOs/AOs with the controlling officers shall release funds in respect of those works/activities to be completed during the ensuing financial year or at the most during next financial year. In no case the funds will be release to clear any past liability and the same, if any, shall be referred to the Finance Department for appropriate action,” the Government order said.
It added the Treasury Officers will ensure that all codal formalities have been fulfilled and all documents are in place while entertaining the bills through JKPaySys besides before and after completion photographs of the work.
Further, execution of works will be taken up strictly for approved activities only within the approved cost and no liability shall be created ensuring financial discipline in the system. The controlling officers shall be personally responsible for any liability created on account of un-approved/un-authorized works.
“All works and schemes must be supported with technically betted Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) and must be prepared by the executing agencies in close consultation with the user agency. The authorized funds shall be utilized by the concerned authority only for the specified purpose after observing all pre-requisite formalities as required under rules,” the order stated.
It said the projects/schemes shall be executed and completed strictly within the timeline as stipulated in tender document and fixed by the competent authority. The Departments will ensure that expenditure against authorized funds are made in stipulated timeframe.
“Ban on engagement on casual workers, need based workers etc shall continue to be in force. All development/capex releaser order issued by the Administrative Departments to the respective controlling officers shall invariably have the condition that the Department shall refrain from making fresh engagement under projects/schemes,” the Finance Department said in its order.
It added that there shall be no expenditure on revenue or revenue like components out of the UT Capex budget
The order further said that all controlling officers will ensure uniform pace of expenditure during the financial year so as to avoid rush of expenditure at the fag end of the financial year 2020-21. The executing agencies have also been asked to comply with standing guidelines/ instructions/ restriction regarding COVID-19 pandemic in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The funds shall not be utilized for schemes/projects approved for funding through Jammu Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC) under languishing project scheme. These projects/schemes stand deemed to be excluded from the UT Capex budget.