Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed expressed concern over non-utilisation of funds, especially of the centrally-sponsored schemes, and said the performance of the officers will be judged on the effective execution of programmes.
"Unfortunately, the track record of the state in utilising the allocated funds hasn't been up to the mark. It has resulted in development deficit in the key sectors," the CM said while chairing the District Development Board meeting of Udhampur and Ramban districts on Thursday.
He said it's a serious concern that only 40 per cent funds allocated under the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS) have been utilised and from now onwards, the officer will be made accountable for it.
"Your (officers) performance will be judged on the basis of implementation of the programme on ground," he told the officers present in the meeting.
The chief minister directed the officers to frequently tour the remote and hilly areas to monitor the development works and hoped that the officers would put in sincere efforts in achieving optimum results.
He said regular follow-up meetings would be taken up by the respective chairmen of the District Development Boards to monitor the physical and financial achievements registered by the district.
"Officers should take the legislators of their respective areas into confidence by sharing the details of various government-sponsored schemes with them," he said.
He said huge liabilities have been created during the past few years as works have been executed without plan provision and such practices should be done away forthwith.
Sayeed also called for timely submission of the utilisation certificates against centrally-sponsored schemes, MPLADS and schemes
falling under the Finance Commission Award. He said delay in submission of the utilisation certificates causes unnecessary delay in release of funds. "The DDCs should ensure timely submission of the utilisation certificates to ensure regular flow of funds for development," he said.
The chief minister expressed concern over the inordinate delay in land acquisition, especially of the pending cases, in this regard in the courts and asked officers to pursue them on fast track basis.
The chief minister announced an annual outlay of `166.32 crore for Udhampur and `116.27 crore for Ramban districts.