Mehbooba calls for addressing critical gaps in dev administration

Jammu: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday asked the Administrative Secretaries to address the critical gaps in development administration and ensure timely flow of funds down below so that projects are completed in time without any overrun of cost or time.

Addressing a meeting of Administrative Secretaries here, the Chief Minister advised them to visit districts and far flung areas periodically to assess the status of development works, fix the bottlenecks, if any, and lead the teams of executing agencies in getting the projects completed in time.

During the marathon meeting, Mehbooba Mufti reviewed at length the status of projects and initiatives taken by various Departments.

On the PMDP, the Chief Minister directed all Administrative Secretaries to monitor closely the execution of projects within their respective domains and try to fix the bottlenecks wherever these are identified.

Mehbooba Mufti reviewed the status of projects in power distribution and stabilisation in the State. She was informed that work on improving power distribution projects in eight districts would start from next week while as in other districts tendering process is in final stages. Also, she was informed, that work on Alastaing grid station would be completed before the end of this year.

The Chief Minister was also informed that electrification of 70 unelectrified villages has been completed much ahead of the deadline of March 31. As for the commitments made by the Chief Minister during her public outreach programmes, she was informed that, 90% of works in terms of laying of necessary infrastructure has been completed while as rest would be completed by the end of the month.

In the Finance sector, the Chief Minister directed close monitoring of expenditure and resource mobilisation given the fag end of the current fiscal. She was informed that the State awaits an additional instalment of GST subvention from the Centre besides efforts would be made to ensure maximum spending and clearance of bills to avoid any lapse of the funds.

Chief Secretary, B B Vyas and all the Administrative Secretaries were present in the meeting.


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