Fate of missing files of JaKeGA still a major ‘mystery’

Indu Sharma. Dated: 12/2/2018 1:05:21 PM

Police investigation in the matter fails to take off

JAMMU, Dec 01: The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir State has ordered a number of enquires in the matters of scams and scandals that have taken place during the previous government, which have shaken the faith of a common man but the fate of 56 missing important files pertaining to finance and monetary transactions of Jammu Kashmir e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) remains a mystery since November, 2016, which is supervised by highly powerful Board of governors headed by none else than Chief Secretary of J&K State.
It is worth noting that no audit of the department has been conducted by the state government during 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. All the records related to financial transactions disappeared immediately after the state government raised this issue.
In the year 2016 at the time of annual Durbar Move to winter capital of the state, from Srinagar to Jammu, the 56 important files of the JaKeGA pertaining to financial transactions related to number of Multi core Projects were found missing during transit period. This incident happened at the time when the matter regarding the annual auditing of the agency was raised by some RTI activist. When this matter was brought to the notice of the Chairman of the Society who is none other than Chief Secretary State, thereafter the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), JaKeGA furnished a letter to Senior Superintendent of the Security, Civil Secretariat, Jammu vide office letter No. JaKeGA/off/319/16 Dated 2-12-2016, with a request to register a FIR for the missing records so that the missing records could be relocated and wrong doing if any, could be unearthed. On the basis of the this complaint made to the SSP Security, Civil Secretariat, Jammu, an F.I.R. was registered with Pacca Danga Police Station vide FIR No: 166/16 u/s 409 RPC .
The important 56 files pertaining to financial transitions and accounts matter were found missing in the month of November 2016 when the boxes containing the record were opened. According to sources these files in questions were not packed in one box but in different boxes along with other office records which was duly received by the team of advance party at the Civil Secretariat, Jammu.
It is pertinent to mention here that only the record with regard to financial matters meant for auditing was found missing pertains to some vital projects whose monetary transitions were already under radar .While as all other records of the department was intact.
After filing of FIR by the JaKeGA, it is highly astonishing that no follow up action was initiated by the officers of neither the Department nor the concerned police station bother to investigate the matter to bring it to its logical end. As per the sources the police did not investigate the matter nor questioned any officers/officials responsible for packing, dispatching and receiver of the records at Jammu. A period of two years has lapsed the matter relating to missing files is still under wraps and no head way has been made in this important matter, despite the fact that Chief Secretary of the state happens to be ex-officio Chairman of the Society (JaKeGA) by virtue of societies Act of the agency, JaKeGA, was registered under the Registration of Societies Act VI of 1998 (1941 AD) in the year 2009.
The Jammu and Kashmir State Government constituted J&K e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) with an object to design, deliver and administer E-Governance projects by providing the necessary administrative, financial, legal and technical frame work in the state. Further the agency was design to facilitate establishment of e-Service centres throughout the state under Public Private Partnership Mode (PPM) to ensure probity and transparency in its functioning of the government at the doorsteps.

 

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