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ACB books ex-GM of Pulwama district industries centre for alleged corruption

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Srinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau In Jammu and Kashmir has booked a former general manager of the Pulwama district industries centre for alleged misuse of official position, a spokesman for the agency said on Wednesday.

“The Anti-Corruption Bureau South Kashmir registered a case under Prevention of Corruption Act against the Former General Manager DIC Pulwama for misuse of official position, prima facie established during a preliminary verification conducted by ACB,” the spokesman said.

He said the verification revealed that during his posting as general manager at DIC Pulwama, Parvaiz allegedly allotted land in favor of various unit-holders in gross violation of industrial policy 2016 as well as procedural guidelines of 2017.

“As per industrial policy of 2016, the allotment of land to unit holders and execution of lease deeds was the domain of SICOP/SIDCO (State Industrial Corporation/State Industrial Development Corporation).

“General Manager not only issued allotment orders qua the land in violation of rules but also executed lease deeds thereof with the unit holders which in view of rules, was within the competence SICOP/SIDCO,” the spokesman said.

By acting in this manner, Parvaiz abused his official position for “ulterior motives”, in league with the unit holders and thus conferred undue benefits upon the unit holders, he added.

The spokesman said a case was registered against the official and others and the ACB conducted a search at his residence.

Meenwhile JE suspended for dereliction of duty in J-K’s Udhampur

The administration on Wednesday suspended a Junior Engineer (JE) for “poor” performance and alleged dereliction of duty in the implementation of MGNREGA scheme in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, officials said.

District Development Commissioner (DDC) Piyush Singla on Wednesday convened a meeting of officers and field functionaries of the Rural Development Department (RDD) to review physical and financial achievements of all the schemes being implemented in the district, they said.

Singla reviewed the progress of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 14th FC,  Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana(PMAGY), Aadhaar seeding, status of strengthening of self-help groups (SHGs), convergence of water conservation works, registration of migrant labourers, job cards verification, providing of job cards to labourers from other states.

While reviewing the scheme-wise estimates, the DDC placed Kulwanta block JE  under suspension for “poor performance and dereliction of duties”, they said.

The DDC directed Block Development Officers to complete all SOS works within one month. He asked officials to hold a meeting of the rate fixation committee to update the rates of construction materials.

Singla stressed on water conversation and water harvesting structures and asked the RDD to take up water bodies existing in revenue record on priority. He further asked it to quantify the area put under water conservation and water harvesting.

The DDC also asked the officials concerned to ensure that maximum area is irrigated through micro-irrigation channels.

He instructed the field functionaries to ensure that they remain present in the area of their posting and are accessible to the public.

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