The Newsfeed

Centre asks J&K why inspections of PMGSY works are not being carried out by independent SQMs


SRINAGAR: The Government of India has asked the administration of Jammu & Kashmir to look into why works are being executed under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) are not being inspected by state quality monitors (SQMs).

A record note of the pre-empowered committee meeting held on December 9, 2021 to discuss proposals of J&K under the ambitious rural road connectivity programme reveals that 89 workers have not been inspected by SQMs even once. “89 works have not been inspected by SQMs even once. Out of these 89 works, payment of more than Rs 10 lakh on 26 works has already been done,” reads the minutes of the meeting.

It further states that UT needs to look into why the works are not getting inspected once. “The pace of SQM inspections is quite slow. UT needs to pay attention to it,” the document further states.

According to the document, against the target of 4573 SQM inspections, 1107 has been carried out.“UT needs to increase the pace of inspections,” it states.

It is worthwhile to mention that PMGSY programme guidelines provide that ensuring the quality of road works is the responsibility of the state/ UT governments, who are implementing the programme.

A three-tier quality control mechanism is put in place under the programme. The States & UTs are responsible for the first two tiers of quality control structure. Under the second tier of the structure, periodic inspections are required to be carried out through independent state quality monitors—(KNO)


The Dispatch is present across a number of social media platforms. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for exciting videos; join us on Facebook, Intagram and Twitter for quick updates and discussions. We are also available on the Telegram. Follow us on Pinterest for thousands of pictures and graphics. We care to respond to text messages on WhatsApp at 8082480136 [No calls accepted]. To contribute an article or pitch a story idea, write to us at [email protected] |Click to know more about The Dispatch, our standards and policies