STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Drawing attention of the Government towards massive financial and other irregularities committed in execution of River Tawi Barrage project and plunder of public money as exposed in special audit Report of Finance Department, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister, Harsh Dev Singh has sought initiation of appropriate criminal proceedings against all those involved in aforesaid scam. He said that special audit ordered by the Finance Department and conducted by top officers of Government had not only found glaring irregularities in the execution of the aforesaid project but fiscal violations of grave order were also observed, which need immediate attention of authorities concerned. He expressed dismay that despite the public exchequer having been robbed by corrupt mafia operational in the system, no action had been initiated with the Audit report having been thrown under the carpet. The fact that some powerful people were involved in the scam should not deter the Government from proceeding against culprits, added Singh. Expressing concern over huge mobilisation advance given to the outside executing agency named M/s GVR Infra Projects Ltd, which abandoned the work midway on aforesaid barrage project, Singh called for fixation of accountability and immediate recovery of advance payments. It was further intriguing that payments had been made from time to time for the works which did not correspond to terms of contract and advance payments had also been made for works, which had not been executed even till date, regretted Singh. Poor quality work was another issue of concern with huge damages having been caused to existing structure as reported by the special audit team, asserted Singh. Urging the Governor to take strong note of huge scam, Singh sought stern action against all those associated with the project since its launch. Maintaining that Tawi Barrage project has great importance for Jammu in view of its tourism potential as well as agricultural promotion, Singh regretted that the significant scheme too had collapsed under the weight of highly corrupt regimes. He said that both Congress-NC and BJP-PDP Governments, owe explanation to people of Jammu, as they had done nothing except filling their own coffers with expenditure of around Rs 100 crore shown to have been incurred on aforesaid project.
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