SAC pulls up estates department

SAC pulls up estates department

Rs 5 crore spent on renovating official residences of ministers and officers
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission (SAC) has pulled up estates department for allowing arbitrary execution of works on the official residences of the government functionaries. A whopping amount of Rs 5 crore has been spent on the renovation and repairs of the official accommodations allotted to ministers and officers. The SAC has issued directions that the repairs should not be carried out without the formal requisition of the tenant, which should be followed up and cleared by a team of experts.
According to a statement issued by the Registrar SAC, the Commission passed these directions while considering the amount of Rs 5 crore spent on official residences last year, which was reflected in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report.
“After hearing the director estates Ghulam Nabi Ittu, it was noticed by the Commission that there was no norm or procedure adopted in undertaking renovations, repairs or restructuring of the official residences of the ministers and the government officers,” the statement said adding that in the absence of any norms or procedure, public funds were found to be spent in a “free for all manner” without following any codal formalities in this regard.
The Commission comprising Justice (retd) Bashir A Khan, chairperson and two members retired justices JP Singh Bashir A Kirmani on consideration of the matter recommended to the government that no renovation, repairs, rebuilding of official residential accommodations shall be carried out without obtaining formal requisition in writing from the concerned allottee.
“The Commission directed that the execution of such works should follow expert verification and estimation besides fulfilling of codal formalities depending on the need and feasibility of any such work requisitioned,” it said adding that the Commission has also asked the Government to issue consequential orders in this regard to streamline the expenditure incurred on maintenance, renovation and repairs of the official residences of the ministers and government officers.
“The Commission passed these directions to check the high spending of public funds by the government departments,” the statement said.

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