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    August 17, 2016


KP govt decides to ensure timely release of funds for overnight completion of schemes

Chitral Times Report

PESHAWAR: The Finance Department KP has decided to adopt stringent and transparent modus operandi for speeding up developmental process and early release of funds for developmental schemes so that lack of funds could not become hurdle in its timely completion. This step will enable contractors or govt departments to ensure overnight completion of schemes if possible and thus be entitled for reward on good performance as well. Improvement of infrastructure in all districts of Malakand Division including Dir Lower previously worst hit by natural calamities and terrorism is also among top priorities of provincial govt.

It was revealed by KP Finance Minister Muzaffar Said Advocate during meeting of joint delegation of contractors and elite of Malakand led by Bahadar Zeb Khan, President Contractors Association Dir Lower and Shadnawaz Khan Nazinm UC Rabat at Civil Secretariat Peshawar. Delegation apprised him of certain problems and demands especially early release of funds for various schemes and told him that stoppage of funds tantamount to halt of work on development projects by contractors that resultantly increase the hardships and concerns of locals.

Finance Minister while assuring the funds in future further disclosed that Chief Minister has already constituted a scrutiny committee under his advisor for communication and works Akbar Ayub Khan to streamline working relationship between consultants and national building departments, look into the complaints of corruption, irregularities as well as expedite the pace of construction work of developmental schemes. This step is aimed at removing procedural delays in execution of developmental projects and checking possibilities of corruption to ensure transparency in the system. He said that consultants have been appointed with the sole purpose of ensuring timely and quality completion of developmental schemes. “This step will prove a milestone in the elimination of corruption and commission mafia in development and construction sector”, he added.

Muzaffar Said Advocate said that besides bringing about a pleasant change in the system and life standard of the masses, the basic agenda of our coalition government is freeing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of corruption and nepotism, which will guarantee the supremacy of merit, law and justice in the province and will usher in progress and development everywhere. Similarly it will also promote economic activities and employment opportunities over here. He said that consultant is new but unique addition in our departments for mega projects. However, he said, our government has big expectations from them and our construction-sector-development activities remained halted for it as we were not wanting the continuation of the menace of commissions, corruption and the hard earned tax money of the poor go to the pockets of few and make ourselves partner in their sins of loot and plunder. He directed the consultants and govt departments to implements each and every clause of the agreements in letter and spirit as a slight violation in this regard would never be tolerated. He asked the govt servants to remain in their due limits and resources and perform duty honestly or face the music. He also asked for immediate resolution of certain problems including free download of TOR, simplification of the procedure of RFP, PC-I and procurement etc.

The Minister said that besides, making of PC-I of development schemes, site visits, rate fixation, issuance of tenders and timely and quality completion of work, consultants will also be responsible for the preparation of the bills of contractors and their cheque releases, while the contractors will not be required to visit the accounts offices of concerned departments. He said that consultants will be directly responsible for use of sub-standard material in any scheme and will face punishment in this regard while in case of grave situation, besides blacklisting them, cases will also be registered against them. He said that besides the Finance Department, other government departments will also have to guarantee the timely release of funds for projects. He expressed the hope that consultants will come up to the expectations of the government so that people should see vivid difference between schemes of past and present regimes. He said that faulty schemes instead of lasting for some years damaged and lost its utility in few months. However, he said schemes initiated by this govt will prove as standard for several future decades. He urged on contractors to prove that government has taken step in right direction. Expressing their views on the occasion, contractors assured that they will come up to his expectations in the elimination of the social cancer of corruption and commission by ensuring standard in construction sector developmental schemes.


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