Govt starts merging planning dept with finance

The government will ensure that the interests of the cadre affected by the integration of the two departments are taken care of, he said.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 12 2018 1:20AM | Updated Date: Oct 12 2018 1:27AM
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All top officials from planning wings in various administrative departments of the government will now onwards report to the finance department, the finance secretary Navin K Choudhary said Thursday, asserting that entire process of integration of planning, development and monitoring department with the finance department will be rolled out in a phased manner. 

Chairing the first meeting after transfer of perspective planning and area planning divisions of the PD&M department to the finance department, Choudhary urged the officers to continue doing their job since the entire process of integration of PD&M department will be rolled out in a phased manner.

“To begin with, there will be minimum disturbances in the organisational structure and subsequently, once the final decision is taken regarding the cadre controlling authority and other related aspects, complete integration roadmap will be rolled out,” he said.

All directors, joint directors and deputy directors of the planning department working in various administrative departments of the state government will now report to the finance department and all the chief planning offices will continue to report to the area planning department which in turn will report to the finance department, Choudhary said. 

The government will ensure that the interests of the cadre affected by the integration of the two departments are taken care of, he said.  

“You have to return to the basics of civil secretariat working. I have seen files where you can’t relate one note with another. File work should be qualitative. You are in a position of power to make positive changes and you should write your decision clearly on the file. Take a decision or give me options. Don’t write, ‘the officer may kindly take a view’. We are here to protect your interests but this evasive approach to work will not work any longer,” he said.

The officers assured full cooperation from their side and urged the authorities to take decision in a manner where misgivings of officers of the hitherto PM&D department are settled, the spokesman said. 

With the budget preparation exercise commencing soon, Choudhary urged the officers that only such projects should be included in the budget which have received technical sanction as well as administrative approval, an official spokesman said. 

“Further, if any project is to be included, there should be a complete roadmap for funding so that it is completed in three financial years. In absence of such a roadmap, the government needs to take decision to find resources for completing the project(s),” he said.

The finance secretary asked the officers to ensure that the “languishing projects” taken up by Jammu Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC) are not allocated double funding in the upcoming budget.

“Within one year, there should be a massive and visible change on the ground with assured funding for all the projects,” Choudhary said, stressing that the officers must maintain high quality of work and follow secretariat procedures strictly.

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