NO HEADWAY ON SFC CONSTITUTION

Ministers Pass The Buck

EMPOWERING PRIs

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 3: Raising a question mark on the Government’s promise on empowerment of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in J&K, the State Government is yet to constitute the State Finance Commission. 
 Informed sources told Greater Kashmir that the Bill for setting up of SFC for improving the financial health of ULBs and PRIs was passed by the State legislature in April last year in tune with the recommendations of the 13th Central Finance Commission but it is yet to see the light of the day owing to differences between different departments concerned.
 “There has been no progress on constituting the body owing to differences of opinion in departments like Finance, Housing and Urban Development and Rural Development,” they said.
 Sources said a high- powered committee headed by Chief Secretary Madhav Lal last year had also recommended constitution of the SFC forthwith. It recommended that the SFC be formed as early as possible under the Act and mandated to give its recommendation within one year of its constitution. “Until then, the Government may consider making an ad-hoc untied grant available to the Halqa Panchayats for meeting their urgent and pressing requirements,” the report reads.
 Interestingly, the Ministers are passing buck on the issue. “Finance Department is the feeding Department for SFC and they have to put forward the proposal before the cabinet,” said Minister for Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar.
 However, Minister for Finance Abdur Rahim Rather said the RDD has to set up the body. “The responsibility of setting up SFC lies with RDD,” Rather said.
 The SFC should comprise of three members including a chairperson. They shall hold the office for one year.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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