JAMMU: The State Government has asked all the government departments, state owned PSUs and Autonomous Bodies to purchase cement from J&K Cements only in all such cases where cement is supplied or can be supplied departmentally to the executing agency/contractors etc.
“The Treasury Officers/DDOs shall ensure that no claim preferred by any agency in contravention of the Government instructions is entertained for payment. Any violation on this account shall be deemed as a financial impropriety and dealt with accordingly,” said a Circular issued by the Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary.
It said pursuant to the Cabinet Decision No: 119/15/2011 dated: 23.06.2011 instructions were issued by the Industries and Commerce Department vide Government Order No: 110-IND of 2011 dated: 24.06.2011 whereby all the state Government Departments were directed to purchase cement from J&K Cements Ltd for execution of works in Kashmir valley.
“Again, vide Government Order No. 89-IND of 2016 dated: 5.04.2016 Industries and Commerce Department reiterated the instructions for compliance of all State Government Departments to purchase cement for works in Jammu Division from J&K Cements Limited,” it said adding in view of these orders all the Government Departments are required to effect the purchase of Cement whenever and wherever required from J&K Cements only. “The Departments can purchase Cements from other sources subject to the certificate of the J&K Cements Limited to the effect that the company is unable to supply the requisite quantity and J&K Cements Limited issues necessary non-availability certificate,” it said adding that it has been brought to the notice of the Finance Department that the Government Departments do not adhere to the instructions in letter and spirit as circulated vide aforementioned Government Orders.