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Now, PDR takes on Finance dept over double drawal issue

Now, PDR takes on Finance dept over double drawal issue
DIMAPUR, JUL 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:56:04 AM IST
State Finance department has once again come under scanner over the issue of double Drawal Authority (DA) as People for Democratic Rights (PDR) on Friday pointed out alleged financial irregularities committed by the department’s budget & monitoring cell (B&MC).
In a press note, PDR media & publicity affairs alleged that two DAs-- dated November 3, 2017 and December 20, 2017 were issued by the B&MC in favour of Planning and Coordination department under demand No. 27 amounting to Rs 4 crore (Rs 2 crore each). 
It said that the break-up of the two DAs were an exact facsimile of each other wherein the gross, deductions and net amounts were the same for each project. 
PDR said that the DAs were classified under ‘Development’ head and pertained to six works as shown in the DA. (See table)
As similar issue of DA for construction of a bridge over River Tizit on Mon-Tizit road was highlighted in the media last year, PDR said that Finance department conveniently clarified that the DA was issued for second time since the amount was not drawn for the first drawal authority. 
In this regard, PDR questioned as to who the department was trying to take for a ride? It said that if the first DA was not drawn, then while issuing the second DA the FD, a usual practise, should have mentioned “in supersession of DA dated” etc. This was clearly a case of double drawal, PDR alleged.
Moreover, it said that in both the DAs, no mention was made whether it was 1st, 2nd or 3rd instalment.
In another case, PDR alleged that the Finance department’s B&MC flouted all rules by releasing Rs 1 crore on March 30, 2018 in favour of Planning & Coordination department for works carried out under Evaluation department. 
What it demanded to know from FD was that, when the Evaluation department had its own Demand No 44, under what norms did the FD release the DA in favour of Planning Machinery under Demand no 27 for works clearly mentioned as under Evaluation department? 
PDR has asked FD to clarify as to why and how DA was issued arbitrarily to Planning department when the works were under Evaluation department? It further demanded to know as to which department executed the works- Planning or Evaluation department? PDR further sought clarification from the departments over the amount (Rs. 1 crore) released for the following works under Evaluation department--   construction of security fencing with gate and site development for flat type staff quarter at DEO office, Dimapur– Rs 20 lakh; construction of retaining wall/site development/security fencing at DEO Office, Longleng – Rs 30 lakh and construction of retaining wall/security fencing/bore well for flat type staff quarter, Kohima– Rs 50 lakh.
It also asked FD to clarify why no deductions were made for the said projects.
Rs 1 crore for 10 beneficiaries: Further, PDR has asked the Finance department to furnish complete details in the public domain over the amount of Rs. 1 crore released for 10 beneficiaries, in favour of Planning Machinery under Demand no 27 on March 20 2017 @ Rs 10 lakh each. 
It also asked the department to furnish details against what projects and locations the amounts were released. 
PDR also appealed the Planning department to inform the public as to whether it publicly notifies on such financial assistance and the requirements/eligibilities thereof.
It alleged that the many such beneficiaries under the Planning department are clandestinely selected without making open invitation through local dailies, ignoring the deserving citizens. 

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