Early Times Report
Jammu, Feb 17: The findings of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on misappropriation of funds by Relief Organization while allotting tenders for construction of pre-fabricated huts in the Valley have gone unnoticed.
According to sources, the CAG had picked holes in allotment of works of pre-fabricated huts under Prime Minister's Package for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants.
"Audit noticed that despite delay of four years only 477 huts had been completed as of March 2014 at a cost of Rs 36.37 crore against a total sanctioned cost of Rs 33.13 crore. It led to excess expenditure of Rs 3.24 crore", sources said.
They said that the allotment of works in contravention to financial rules resulted in irregular expenditure Rs 36.37 crore.
"The amount (Rs 36.37 crore) contains one part of the project. The audit further exposed that said project has not been taken over by Relief organization nor the completion certificate issued by SICOP authorities till date", sources said, asking how the Executive Engineer carried out maintenance work
these flats worth in crores.
Loot in migrants' name
The audit noticed that under Prime Minister's Package for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants, works had been allotted in violation of rules.
"Without proper handover and takeover of the project prefab i.e. Nuttus, Hall, Vessu, Khanpora, Mattan and Sheikhpora, the Relief Organisation had executed maintenance works of several crores on the prefab, maintenance of the project was liability of company that constructed it", they added.
Source said that the audit noticed that under Prime Minister Package for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants' works had been allotted in violation of rules.
"Works allotted to the Valley-based three firms, without ensuring vetting of designs, obtaining administrative approval (AA) and Technical Sanction (TS) and without fulfilling codal formalities viz, inviting tenders, issuing allotment letters to the contractors executing agreement and obtaining security deposits, allotted (March/ October 2010) works for construction of pre-fabricated huts at four locations to two contractors", the audit revealed.
It is also alleged that the entire misappropriation was also brought into state Vigilance Organisation's notice, but the perpetrators are roaming free.