Advisor Bhatnagar reviews the progress of SDD projects under the 2021-22 CAPEX budget

Srinagar: Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, on Thursday chaired a meeting of the Skills Development Department (SDD) to review the progress of projects undertaken under the CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) Budget 2021-22 at the Civil Secretariat here.

The meeting discussed final work details regarding physical and financial progress under central and state government-sponsored projects, including the status of new polytechnics in the department’s 2021-22 CAPEX budget.

The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary, Skills Development Department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon; Mission Director, Skills Development Mission, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary; Director of Skills Development Department, Sudershan Kumar; R&B Chief Engineer Jammu, Chief Engineer JKPCC and other department officials while as R&B Chief Engineer Kashmir participated in the meeting via video conference.

The Advisor conducted a detailed, project-by-project review and inquired about the status of all work and the physical and financial progress of projects undertaken during the 2021-22 financial year.

He asked the relevant officials of the implementing agencies to expedite the remaining works so that the buildings are handed over to the department at the earliest.

Initially, the SDD Director made a detailed presentation of the progress of civil and non-civil works in the department during the 2021-22 financial year within the framework of the 2021-22 CAPEX budget.

The Advisor was informed that out of Rs. 27.63 crore approved under the 2021-22 CAPEX budget, Rs 23.81 crore has been released and Rs 18 crore has been spent by the various implementing agencies for the completion of various civil engineering works in identified polytechnics and ITIs.

Similarly, regarding the establishment of new polytechnics in UT, the meeting was also informed that an amount of Rs 234 crore was approved, of which Rs 190.72 crore was released and Rs 186 crore was been spent on miscellaneous completed work.

The adviser ordered the executive agencies concerned to spend all the amount released to complete the remaining works and then hand over the completed projects to the SDD, in addition to asking them that the residual works be completed by April.

He assured them of the availability of funds for the completion of all the original works and asked the agencies to complete the works such as administration, laboratories, workshop so that classes can start by now. July of this year in these new polytechnics.

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