SRINAGAR, JULY 14, 2020: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan today e-launched National Electronic Fund Management System (NeFMS) at Civil Secretariat here.

Secretary Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Sheetal Nanda, Director Rural Development Kashmir, Qazi Sarwar were present on the occasion.

Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division attended the meeting though video conferencing.

While launching the NeFMS, the Advisor said that this will go a long way in addressing the grievances of the workers associated with the various Centrally Sponsored Schemes. It will pave the way for direct and faster release of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and other schemes.

He said schemes like MGNREGA are meant to create durable assets in the far-flung areas and to provide livelihood to the economically weaker sections of the society and directed the officers to work with utmost dedication so that the set targets are achieved in time.

He also directed the authorities to take up maximum works under MGNREGA to generate more wage employment and useful assets besides directing them to expedite the process for release of payments and framing of estimates of various centrally sponsored schemes.

The Advisor directed the authorities to expedite the process of constructing and renovating the Panchayat Bhawans so that the works will be completed within the stipulated time frame.

Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division presented the status of the various ongoing centrally sponsored schemes in their respective districts.

The Advisor directed the DCs to personally monitor progress of the schemes after each fortnight to find out the facts on the ground. He also enjoined upon all the officers to lay special focus on updation of technical estimates, payment of wages, billing process, works undertaken, geotagging and other issued related to the schemes.

On the issue of non completion and non updation of technical estimates on secure portal, the Advisor directed the concerned to ensure that all the estimation (Plan of 2020-21) is completed within the set deadline. He asked the officers to file compliance report in this regard.

The other issues that came up for discussion included Integrated Watershed Management Programme, Swachh Bharat Mission, 14th FCA.

The officers assured the Advisor that serious efforts will be undertaken so that all the timelines with regard to various schemes will be met.

Earlier, Director Rural Development Kashmir presented a detailed presentation about the District wise/ Panchayat wise status of works taken up under MGNREGA. He also apprised the Advisor about the construction of new Panchayat Bhawans and renovation of Panchayat Bhawans under RGSA in Kashmir. He also gave status report of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Grameen (PMAY-G) and the targets achieved by the various districts.