High-level ‘independent’ probe into massive irregularities in ‘Housing for All’ scheme in Kashmir
After one-man panel, 4 –member committee tasked to look into matter
Srinagar, Sep 14 (KNO): The Jammu & Kashmir government has ordered a high-level probe into irregularities committed in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) in Kashmir Valley.
Documents in possession of news agency – Kashmir News Observer(KNO) reveal that the Housing & Urban Development has ordered an independent enquiry into irregularities committed in implementation of the scheme after an officer, who was tasked to probe the matter, recommended a full-fledged inquiry into the matter.
In his report , Arvind Kotwal, Managing Director, Housing Board has recommended a full-fledged enquiry by a committee of officer to be headed by a Valley-based officer who can look into the gamut of irregularities committed during implementation of PMAY- Urban.
Based on the recommendations of Kotwal, the government has constituted a panel headed by Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir to look into the matter. Its other members are Joint Comissioner( administration) Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Financial Advisor , Lakes and Waterways Development Authority and executive engineer of the concerned Urban Local Bodies.
The committee, according to an order issued by Housing & Urban Development Department, has been mandated to verify whether eligible beneficiaries were sponsored/ sanctioned for availing housing units under beneficiary-led Individual House Construction of PMAY-U in respect of all the districts of Kashmir as per the verification list submitted by Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir, Srinagar Municipal Corporation submitted through the concerned deputy general managers/ uploaded on portal.
The panel has also been directed to report irregulaties, if any committed vis-à-vis identification of beneficiaries, geo-tagging, uploading the data on PMAY-U portal as per the guidelines during the implementation of the scheme.
According to the order issued by H&UDD, Kotwal, in his report, has remained focus on Srinagar while as CID report has alleged that such a state of affairs prevails in the entire Valley.
As already reported by KNO, Kotwal was tasked to inquire into the matter on the basis of a report submitted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to J&K administration—(KNO)