Dehradun, January 23

Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain today stressed on crediting scholarship and pension amounts directly in the bank accounts of bona fide beneficiaries. He said that all the cooperative banks would be computerised by the month of March. He also directed that there should not be any compromise with the quality of development works just in a bid to show more expenditure, and the amount should be utilised in the right direction and in a stipulated time frame.

Chief Secretary Jain was reviewing the work of Tourism, Education, Medical, Water Supply, Urban Development, Social Welfare and Women Empowerment & Child Development Departments at the Secretariat here today.
He laid emphasis on providing money to girl students instead of giving them bicycles. He directed the officers of the Education Department to chalk out the transfer policy for teachers before the start of the new academic session. He asked officers of the Health Department to implement Clinical Registration Act for the welfare of patients.
It was apprised in the meeting that the Tourism Department had spent Rs 29 crore as against the allocated Rs 35 crore. In primary education Rs 434 crore had been utilised as against the allocated Rs 463 crore. A sum of Rs 108 crore had been so far spent in middle education from the total allocation of Rs 177 crore. In the allopathic (medical) field, out of total Rs 201 crore, Rs 115 had been utilised, Rs 105 crore had been spent on water supply as against Rs. 216 crore. Urban Development Department had utilised Rs 91 crore from the total allocation of Rs 107 crore. Social Welfare Department had expended Rs 232 crore from the allocated Rs 348 crore.
Meanwhile, out of a total of Rs 347 crore, Rs 119 crore had been utilised by the Women Empowerment and Child Development Department. All the concerned departments assured that the total budget would be utilized in the stipulated time frame.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretaries S Ramaswami, S Raju, Radha Raturi, Secretaries Umakant Panwar, MH Khan, Manisha Panwar and other senior officers.

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