CM Wants Independent Bodies To Monitor Works2 December 2011
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister wants independent bodies to monitor all infrastructural development works in order to bring transparency and accountability and on time completion in the state where corruption is rampant. “My highest concern is to bring in lucidity in government functioning and transparency in the financial transactions by various departments,” Omar said. He was receiving appraisal of the initiatives worked out by a Consultancy Company McKinsey on power reforms in Jammu and Kashmir at a presentation meeting here. The company has also to identify the bottlenecks and suggest solutions for their removal so that projects are completed within the prescribed time frame and in accordance to the specifications, an official said here. The company has also been entrusted the monitoring of mega projects under execution in power sector in the State. The company has almost completed its report and is likely to submit it to the State Government soon. While McKinsey is monitoring the mega-projects under execution in the State in power sector, the NABCONS is monitoring about 700 infrastructural development projects in the State in R&B and PMGSY sectors, he said. The chief minister has directed all the government departments to make third party monitoring a permanent feature in the development process to bring in transparency in the functioning and financial transactions and help completion of projects within the fixed time frame. The Chief Minister has also put R&B, PMGSY and JKPCC on e-tendering mechanism and issued instructions to other departments concerned with infrastructural development and purchase and procurement of goods to adopt e-tendering pattern for transparency. These steps of the Chief Minister are aimed at reducing the chances of corruption and helping time line completion of works so that benefits of these accrue to the people well in time.