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JammuMassive fraud in allotment of Govt. quarters

Massive fraud in allotment of Govt. quarters

Date:

Mudassir Ahmad

SRINAGAR: The Comptroller and Auditor General of has pin-pointed several fraud in the JK Estates Department in allotment of quarters and accommodations to the move employees.

In its latest report that was tabled in the Legislative Assembly this week, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India audit scrutiny showed that an efficient and transparent procedure for allotment of residential accommodation had not been adopted and IT enabled database of assets had not been maintained.

The Estates Department is to adhere to the provisions of the JK Estates Department (allotment of Govt accommodation) regulation 2004 while making allotment of Government residential quarters. Audit observed that online waiting list of applicants for each category of residential accommodation according to entitlement and allotment thereof to the applicants on the pattern of directorate of estates, Government of India as envisaged in the allotment regulations had not been maintained even after lapse of more than 11-years.

The Estates Dept came into existence in the year 1968. The main functions of Estates Department are to allot accommodation in different estates colonies to move and non-move employees, revenue realization from Govt quarters, other commercial properties and regular repair renovation of Govt buildings by engineering wing of the dept.

The Dept is to ensure provision of quality accommodation in an efficient and transparent manner through rationalization of allotment procedure, maintenance of IT enabled database of assets, augmentation of residential as well as office accommodation, asset mapping and to minimize unauthorized occupation subletting.

As per practice the allotment of Govt residential quarters during Darbar move either at or Srinagar is done on repeat orders of allotment of previous years, as the occupants of these quarters do not surrender their quarters during Darbar move. Fresh allotment of Govt residential quarters is made only in respect of quarters vacated due to transfer, retirement of employees or other reasons. For this purpose repeat/fresh allotment approval of the competent authority Chief Minister is obtained.

“Audit scrutiny of the repeat order approvals sought for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15 showed that instead of only repeating the names of last year's occupants in these lists, 456 fresh allotments had been inserted. The approval of fresh allotments of Govt accommodation had not been obtained separately,” the CAG report states.

“None of the 267 applicants appearing in the wait list prepared during 2013 to December 2013 had been provided residential accommodation during 2013-14 and 2014-15.”

“Allotment of Govt residential quarters was not done as per entitlement of officers/ officials. Non adherence to the provisions of allotment rules led to allotment of residential quarters to 181 officers/ officials who were not entitled for such residential quarters, while 182 officers had been provided residential accommodation in quarters below their entitlements.”

Further the report states that Director Estates stated (July 2015) that many employees out of 267 had been provided accommodation according to waiting list. “The reply was not acceptable as no Govt accommodation had been allotted in favour of these waiting list applicants.”

Audit scrutiny showed that 55 member of legislative including ministers' chairman of various boards/ chairman legislative council and other legislators who have been allotted Govt accommodation by the estates at Jammu and Srinagar cities were occupying accommodation at MLAs hostels at Jammu Srinagar provided by the legislative assembly secretariat. “This had resulted in dual occupation of Govt accommodation.”

It was seen from the allotment/rent register of the year 2014-15 that 49 quarters at Jammu and five quarters at Srinagar had remained vacant since 2014. “The possibility of vacancy position of these quarters prior to March 2014 could not be ruled out as the exact date of vacation of these quarters was neither indicated in the records nor were the registers prior to 2014-15 produced to audit.”

During 2011-2015, the report says that allotment of residential quarters in violation of norms had resulted in avoidable expenditure of 11.75 crore incurred on hiring of private hotels and houses for accommodation of the employees and other entitled Govt functionaries.

“146 Govt residential quarters eviction the unauthorized occupants led to hiring of private accommodations led to incurring of an avoidable expenditure of 2.91 crore during 2014-15. 13.95 on hiring of private accommodation after non-eviction of unauthorized occupants.”

It says that Dept had not formulated any procedure for hiring of private houses. “Tenders were not invited by the Dept from interested private house owners to ensure transparent hiring and to benefit competitiveness in rent rates.”

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