Delay in release of funds hampered developmental activities in State: Tarigami | KNO

Delay in release of funds hampered developmental activities in State: Tarigami | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, July 19 (KNO) : Expressing serious concern over delay in release of funds under District and state sectors, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Friday said that due to limited working season in Kashmir, Ladakh and winter zone of Jammu region, any further delay will hamper the developmental activities in the state. “Under District Capex Budget no funds have been released during current financial year till date while a meagre amount has been released under State sector works. Projects under Central Road Funding (CRF) were sent to the Center government for approval last year. Though some works under CRF have been approved in some pockets, in Kashmir, not even a single road has been sanctioned under this scheme,” Tarigami said as per a statement issued to KNO. He said half of the working season has already ended in Kashmir and Ladakh and just a few months remain before the harsh winter sets in and developmental works come to standstill. Most of the developmental works are pending as there are no funds. When will be these works executed? “Governor Administration is claiming that development is on its agenda. But how developmental works can be taken up if the money is not released for the projects? The Government of the day talks of all-round development of the State but the reports on ground speaks something else. The development related projects have been derailed and a few projects reach to its logical conclusion and most of projects remain stuck due to shortage of funds,” he added. He said meagre or no allocation of funds from the government is the main hurdle in ensuring timely completion of developmental projects. Because of the meagre allocations, the pending bills of the contractors are still unpaid. What is required is to ensure release of adequate funds so that developmental activities can pick up in the state without any further delay, he added.(KNO)