Make sure budgetary allocations are fully utilised: CM to admn secys

JAMMU: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Monday directed all Administrative Secretaries to ensure budgetary allocations were fully utilised by the end of current fiscal and in no case should any fund revalidations or lapses be allowed to happen.
Chairing the first meeting of Administrative Secretaries here, the Chief Minister directed the officers to reflect the needs of their departments in the coming budgetary meetings. She also asked them to see to it that the on-going schemes and projects are closed at the earliest to avoid cost and time over run, a statement issued by J&K information directorate said.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the officers to keep a track of all the projects under Prime Minister’s Development Plan and make it a point that these are executed as per the timeline decided. She stressed that in no case should an overrun be allowed.
She asked the officers to take periodic reviews of the projects in their departments so that the completion timelines are met.
In view of winter, the Chief Minister sought details of essential supplies stocks in far flung areas of Jammu and Kashmir like Ladakh, Marwah and Wadwan.
She was informed that stock and supply position in these areas is by and large satisfactory. She directed the power Ssecretary to improve distribution system during winter months and ensure as minimum curtailment of electricity in Kashmir in view of the harsh winters.
For health sector, Mehbooba Mufti directed that all the medical staff be rationally posted and the concept of attaching them in cities and towns be done away with. She directed the Health Secretary to ensure that the Medical Supplies Corporation, entrusted with supply of medicine to hospitals, is made more vibrant and active, and supplies are ensured to hospitals in time.
The Chief Minister directed officers to undertake periodic visits to areas to acquaint themselves with the developmental pace and needs of the people. She also asked the secretaries to start a process of digitisation of their records and in this connection directed the General Administration Department to initiate the process with its records. She also directed that all departmental enquiries, hanging for last so many years, be concluded at the earliest.
Mehbooba Mufti directed adoption of a monitoring mechanism to oversee proper implementation of Public Services Guarantee Act and Right to Information Act. She also laid stress on introducing a file tracking system in all departments, besides ensuring induction of biometric attendance system in every field office.
Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas and all Administrative Secretaries were present in the meeting.