Govt departments 'give damn' to budget meetings

Many Yet To Furnish Revised Estimates, Annual Plans

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Dec 18: At least 10 government departments are yet to send the revised estimates for the year 2012-13 and submit the annual plans for 2013-14 to the State Planning Department. This has caused inordinate delay in holding the budget meetings, which officials want to end by December end.
 Sources in the Planning Department said while the budget meetings started only yesterday and are scheduled to end on December 28, they are unlikely to adhere to the timetable as many departments are yet to submit the revised plans for the current year and the budget proposals for next year.
  “Before Durbar shifted to Jammu, the Planning Department had sent a schedule of Annual Plan meetings, thereby asking 29 departments to send respective revised estimates for 2012-13 and draft annual plan for 2013-14 for discussions in the meetings scheduled to start on November 19,” sources said.
 Later, due to some unknown reasons, the annual plan meetings were rescheduled and the first meeting was held on December 17. “Despite getting extra one month to send their revised estimates and draft annual plans, several departments adopted a casual approach and failed to complete the formalities,” sources said.
 Referring to the Health, Medical and Technical Education Department, sources said the   meeting for the departments has been scheduled for December 23 but they are yet to submit the fresh proposals and revised plans.
  “The Higher Education department, Housing and Urban Development department,  Cooperative Department, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Power Development Department, Roads and Building department, Science and Technology, School Education and Information Technology have not send their revised estimates and drafted annual plans so far,” sources said.
 They said the delay would ultimately hampering early drafting of the Annual Plan.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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