March 2020 News

Govt Mulling 'Material Bank' For JK's Infra Growth: LG

3 March 2020
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu Monday said the government was mulling to create 'Material Bank' for smooth infrastructural growth of Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee during a meeting here at Raj Bhavan, Srinagar, Murmu responded to the pleas made by made the delegation. He said that separate internet counters would be setup district-wise; so that they (contractors) could file their tenders and GST and Income-Tax returns. Murmu hailed the role of contractors-in rebuilding several parts of Jammu and Kashmir. 'Role of local contractors and builders is vital in putting Jammu and Kashmir back on the track of development and prosperity,' Murmu said. 'We are mulling to create our own material bank-which will help us bring all the raw material under one-roof,' he said. 'We will be procuring material on war-footing basis and the contractors and other constructing agencies will be getting these services under one roof.' Murmu said that government was aiming to make a comprehensive plan for Infrastructure Development for Jammu and Kashmir. This would be done to remove impediments in the implementation of fast track infrastructure projects. He said that this would address the requirement and presented J&K with a coherent and comprehensive action paper for the integrated development across all the infrastructure sectors. The delegation-which was led by Chairman, JKCCC, Ghulam Jeelani Burza, appealed Lieutenant Governor to look into their grievances and help them in completing the tasks of development across Jammu and Kashmir. They apprised the Lieutenant Governor that they have been working across Jammu and Kashmir on government tendered projects-urging him to look into their grievances and release their pending bills. Members form Jammu and Kashmir divisions were part of the delegation. The Lieutenant Governor assured them that all their authorized payments would be released and Contractors won't face any issue in carrying out their works. He asked the contractors that all the works would be allotted after completing the requisite formalities including, tendering and authorized allotment from the Government. He asked the Contractors that the government advertises requirement on GeM portal for procurement of goods and services-asking them to follow the formalities. He said that GeM facilitates procurement in least time at lowest improved quality. 'I have asked all my Advisors to look into the pendency or liabilities in their respective departments so that a something is worked out to manage the budget for the works,' he said, adding comprehensive budgeting has to be done in this retard-which can bring some immediate changes on the ground for all the stakeholders.