The indifference of the officials of Jammu and Kashmir has deprived the victims of disasters in Jammu and Kashmir of the funds initiated by the Government of India years back. Not being utilised, they weren’t even refunded to the Central Government while remained in the Bank accounts.
The issue was raised when the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India revealed it in its latest report submitted in the Parliament recently. According to the report, an unutilised amount of Rs 4.28 crore was lying in the bank accounts of seven DDOs as of March 31, 2019.
An amount of Rs 1.25 crore was lying in the official bank account of Tehsildar Akhnoor under Border Firing-Migrants Scheme, Rs 0.19 crore in the account of Tehsildar Bishnah under Crop Relief Paddy 2010-11 Scheme, Rs 1.18 crore in the account of Tehsildar R S Pura under Relief 2009 Scheme, Rs 0.19 crore in the account of Tehsildar Sunderbani under Drought Relief Scheme, Rs 0.71 crore in the account of Tehsildar Nowshera under Relief of 2009 Scheme, Rs 0.66 crore in the account of Tehsildar Reasi and Rs 0.10 crore in the account of Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Rajouri.
“Not only 4.28 crores but a total of 9.76 crores has been kept in the Bank accounts unutilized. The difference accounts have amounts ranging from 19 lakhs to 1.25 crores.” Gulistan News reported said
However, during the course of audit, Tehsildar Nowshera refunded an amount of Rs 0.71 crore and Tehsildar Sunderbani refunded an amount of 9.19 crore in November 2019 to Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, as mentioned by CAG in his report.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has demanded a mechanism with proof to be evolved so that victims of disasters get their part of relief rehabilitation.