Jammu & Kashmir

Rs 3.38 crore for victims of natural calamities, displaced border residents undisbursed: CAG

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Srinagar: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its report said that an amount of Rs 3.38 crore supposed to be given as compensation to the victims of natural calamities including displaced people of border villages due to cross border firing has remained unspent.

The information was shared by Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) in its report stating that the funds allotted to DDOs for victims of natural calamities and people of border villages remained undisbursed.

The report said that funds had been allotted to DDOs from time to time for disbursement of compensation to the victims of various natural calamities including displaced people of border villages due to cross border firing.

“The unutilised funds were required to be returned to the fund sanctioning authority,” the report reads.

The report said that audit scrutiny of the records (February 2019) revealed that for seven DDOs out of 58 DDOs selected in the sample units from the Revenue Department, unutilized balance of Rs 4.28 crore was lying in the bank accounts of the seven DDOs as of 31 March 2019.

The CAG said that it was also noticed that the funds allotted prior to 2014-15 were also available in these accounts prior to the actual amount of funds allotted.

The report said that, however, a credit balance of Rs 4.28 crore in the bank accounts indicated that the funds allotted had not been disbursed fully among the intended beneficiaries (March 2019).

It also said that during the course of the Audit in the office of Tehsildar, Nowshera refunded an un-disbursed amount of 0croresrore to Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri in November 2019.

“Similarly, Tehsildar, Sunderbani also refunded (November 2019) the un-disbursed relief of Rs 0.19 crore to Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri at the instance of audit,” the CAG report said. (KNO)


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