State Fin Min convenes review meeting of EAP, CAP
To work towards increasing the resources of the department, State Finance Minister Prakash Pant convened a review meeting of the Externally Aided Projects (EAP) and Centrally Aided Projects (CAP) on Wednesday.
Addressing the officials, the finance minister instructed them to prepare concrete projects to increase the financial resources thorugh ongoing projects of the departments. He also sought the information about the projects including those under EAP and CAP. Pant said that those who have failed to spend the released money so far should utilise the fund and submit utilisation certification (UC) to the Government.
He also warned the officials concerned that they should either expedite the use of released fund or be ready to face disciplinary action in the coming days.
He said that as the permitted mining activity would begin by the month of October adding that this would result in an increase in the income of the State, he asekd the department concerned to complete the remaining work before the beginning of the mining period.
Transport department officials were asked by the Minister to implement online permit system so that public should not face inconvenience in accessing this service. Power Department officials were asked to pay the water tax amount which is pending against the use of water for the generation of electricity, with immediate effect.
Reviewing the works of the Rural Development Department, the Finance Minister enquired about the execution of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and status of the roads, the work on which could not be completed due to paucity of funds.
He asked the Public Works Department and the Rural Development Department to establish coordination to facilitate the necessary execution of works. He stressed that whichever road projects are pending should be executed on priority basis and for this purpose the officials concerned must make use of PMGSY funds and complete the remaining work. The Urban Development Department officials were asked by the Finance Minister to make the city free from open defectation.
He directed them to facilitate construction of toilets in slum areas under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and also to make sure that no area should be left without construction of the required toilets.
Further, addressing the Forest Department officials, the Minister directed them to lay emphasis on the collection of pine resin as a means to increase the revenue generation in the forest department. The Minister further pointed out that it had been noticed that the herbal wealth of the forests was being illegally harvested and used.
To prevent this, the Van Panchayats of the State should be empowered. Pant also directed the forest department officials to make a fool-proof policy to plug the loopholes and increase its resources.
During the meeting officials of the departments including mining, excise, sales tax, stamp and registration, irrigation and minor irrigation, disaster management, PWD, drinking water and water supply, women empowerment and child development, education, medical and family welfare among others were also among those present in the meeting.
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