CDF Scheme: Guv Malik withdraws timeline for utilization of funds, Allows inaugurations by MLAs

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In a significant decision, Governor Satya Pal Malik today directed that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) scheme shall continue to be operational in the State without any time limits.

Governor Satya Pal Malik today reversed two major decisions of his predecessor NN Vohra fixing timeline for utilization of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of legislators and imposing ban on inauguration of developmental works and projects by the MLAs on the ground that the Assembly was under suspended animation.

Both the orders were issued today by the Governor soon after his return to Srinagar from the Union capital.

“Legislators shall continue to recommend works under the Constituency Development Fund scheme subject to availability of balance CDF funds in their respective accounts and in tune with the guidelines of the scheme,” Governor said while reviewing the progress of developmental works soon after his return to the state’s Summer capital this afternoon.

During the review, Governor was informed that in view of the non-utilization of substantial amount of CDF, directions have already been issued to the Deputy Commissioners to continue sanctioning works under the said scheme till 30 September 2018.

Governor observed that unhindered continuation of the CDF scheme was essential to ensure that the elected representatives respond to the developmental issues expeditiously.

He directed that new timeline will not apply anymore in future and works could be sanctioned as long as funds exist.

In another decision of far-reaching significance, Governor directed that all such public projects completed through state funding could be inaugurated by the public representatives.

Observing that it would be inappropriate for any complete public project executed through state resources to remain unutilized for want of formal inauguration, he directed that the elected representatives be requested to inaugurate all such projects in their respective constituencies and dedicate them to the people for early use.

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