Committee to assess reasons behind escalation of project costs, fix responsibility

Committee to assess reasons behind escalation of project costs, fix responsibility

SRINAGAR: The Government has constituted a Standing Committee to assess the reasons for cost-escalation of the projects for which the Departments seek revised administrative approval.
The Committee will fix responsibility of the concerned officers in such cases where the over-runs are not justified, said an official handout.
The Committee will be headed by the Administrative Secretary Planning & Development Department with Administrative Secretary Power Development Department, Administrative Secretary Public Works (R&B) Department, Administrative Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Department and Development Commissioner Works as its Members. The Administrative Secretary of the concerned Department will be the Member Secretary of the Committee.
The terms of reference of the Committee include assessing the reasons for time and cost over-runs against the pre-defined parameters so as to reduce the scope for discretion and open-ended cost and time escalation.
It will also undertake detailed examination of the basis/reasons for cost and time over-runs before recommending the accord of administrative approval to the revised cost of projects valuing above a given threshold to ensure structured accountability in project implementation.
The Committee has been mandated to fix responsibility of the concerned officers in every case in which the over-runs are not justified.

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