PDD mulls getting Rs 600 Cr worth power bills cleared from Fin Deptt
With arrears over Rs 380 Cr, I&FC, PHE top runner among defaulters
Mir Farhat. Updated: 12/29/2017 2:06:57 AM

SRINAGAR: With majority of the government departments being the major defaulters with Power Development Department with their collective electricity consumption bills running up to as much as Rs 600 Crore, the latter is mulling to deduct the outstanding amount on 'account for' basis from the Finance department.
The PDD department is currently furnishing the detailed list to outstanding sums from the department and will be submitting the same to Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh who is also the PDD Minister in the first week of January, post which the Minister is likely to take up the matter with the finance minister Haseeb Drabu.
It may be mentioned here that since the departments are not allotted the amount of money for power bills commensurate with the electricity consumption from the budget by the finance department, the outstanding bills pile up heavily.
Currently, dozens of departments owe bills worth Crores of Rupees to PDD-already embroiled in complexities- on account of power consumption, which have not been cleared from years.
The current outstanding amounts of these departments have risen up to Rs 600 crore among which the Irrigation and Flood Control Department and Public Health Engineering Department have highest arrears of over Rs 380 Crore.
While exact details of pending amount of every department was not known, sources revealed that the Housing and Urban Development Department has arrears of Rs 40 crore, followed by Roads and Building Department of around Rs 12 crore while the Hospitality Protocol Department and Agriculture Department have an outstanding of around Rs 10 crore and Rs 5 crore, respectively. The Revenue and Rehabilitation Department has an outstanding amount of around Rs 4 crore.
Now, the department has mulled to directly take up the issue with finance minister and pay the bill on "account for" basis so that their outstanding is cleared and the bills are paid on time.
The idea of the same was floated by the former commissioner secretary Dheeraj Gupta with the PDD Minister Dr Nirmal Singh in a meeting, last month in Srinagar.
"It was discussed with the minister during the meeting held in November, and the minister had asked the PDD to furnish the detailed list to him so that he will take the issue with finance minister," an official who was present in the meeting told The News Now.
Following the meeting, the Administrative Secretary Hirdesh Kumar asked the PDD officials to complete the list so that it could be forwarded to the minister.
"Yes, we are compiling the detailed list of defaulters which will be submitted to the minister in the first week of January," PDD Chief Engineer, Kashmir, Shahnaz Goni confirmed to The News Now.
"We want the departments for one-time clearance of their outstanding bills, and the account for payment is the best way to clear it," Goni said.

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