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Rs 10.13 crore meant for developmental works in Anantnag remains unspent: CAG

Srinagar, Apr 01: The Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) that of Rs 26.53 crore for developmental minor works in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district around Rs 10.13 remains unspent till date.

The report reveals that between the year 2012 to 2017 an amount of Rs 26.53 crore under-compensation for kahcharie land was left unutilized which were supposed to be used for developmental minor works in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The report said that on this being pointed out in Audit (October 2019), the DDO transferred (December 2019) only Rs 16.40 crore to the deposit head (MH-8443) and the balance amount of Rs 10.13 crore is still lying in the bank (September 2020).

The CAG said that the land that is required to be acquired for developmental works is classified in three categories that include proprietary land, state land, and kahcharie land.

According to a report the compensation only in respect of proprietary land acquired is paid to the land Anantnag here as the cost for acquisition of kahcharie land is used for development works like construction of link roads, lanes/ drains and other works of the village from where this land is acquired.

The CAG report said that the audit scrutiny of records (October 2019) of Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag revealed that the cost of kahcharie land had been transferred from the bank account of collector land acquisition, public works department and deposited in different bank accounts of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Anantnag during the period from 2012 to 2017, for utilisation on developmental works.

Giving details about the cost of kahcharie land held by ADC Anantnag between 2012 to 2017 include Railway Approach Roads Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, State Public Works Department Road, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited Towers Kishtwar Simthan Anantnag Road, Border Roads Organisation, and National Highway—(KNO)

 

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