J&K govt to constitute panel to coordinate operationalization of new Medical Colleges

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Thursday ordered the constitution of multi-disciplinary committee of officers and experts to coordinate infrastructure and academic issues of the medical colleges coming up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Kathua, Rajouri and Doda..

Governor NN Vohra has asked the Chief Secretary to urgently constitute the Committee which shall coordinate with the concerned Departments various activities related to the new medical colleges coming up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Kathua, Rajouri and Doda.

“The committee shall harmonize issues like infrastructure development including construction works, setting up of equipment, hiring of faculty, paramedical staff and academic matters so that the academic activities in these Colleges get started any hiccups as per schedule,” the communique informed.

Governor asked the Planning, Development and Monitoring Department to prepare a comprehensive list of developmental projects which are overdue for completion due to inadequate financial resources, resulting in cost overrun. He also called for compiling the details of all the financial liabilities on account of various works.

“The state government will approach the Central Government with a special request to sanction one-time financial dispensation so that the work on these projects carries on without any constraints and the financial resources already invested in them don’t go waste,” Vohra was quoted as saying.

Vohra during his recent visits to various districts, had come across several projects which are lingering at various stages of execution for years together for want of resources.

There are also huge liabilities on account of works which have been taken up without the requisite administrative approval, he said and added that to address the issue, the Government of India would be approached for one-time fiscal assistance.

“It has been observed that various departments take up developmental works without getting the necessary concurrence from the finance department. Such practices not only burden the state exchequer by creating financial liabilities but it also results in wastage of money since most of these projects don’t get completed on time due to paucity of funds,” he said.

All the State Government Departments were asked to maintain fiscal discipline and put an end to such practices while ensuring that any developmental work takes place only after the approval of DPR and availability of adequate financial resources.