Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary Tuesday held extensive deliberations on pre-budget proposals of School Education, Youth Services & Sports, Technical Education, General Administration, Information Technology, Planning, Development& Monitoring, Hospitality & Protocol, Estates and Ladakh Affairs Departments for the next financial year.
Marathon discussions were held on the functioning of the said departments and their budget proposals for the fiscal 2019-20. The concerned administrative secretaries put forth the budget proposals and their viewpoint on the future action plans to run the affairs of their respective departments. They also briefed the principal secretary finance on the status of various ongoing projects, achievements, targets and future initiatives for strengthening the infrastructure and other facilities.
Principal Secretary called upon the heads of departments for taking necessary austerity steps to curtail the unfruitful expenditure under various heads and merging various components under one head. He urged upon the officers to formulate perspective and cost effective DPRs for the development of the state. He urged for doing away with the practice of creating liabilities on various counts and asked for seeking prior concurrence of the finance department where there is urgent need for undertaking such projects/schemes.While discussing the proposals of the School Education, Youth Services & Sports and Technical Education, the principal secretary urged for developing necessary infrastructure and other basic facilities for the students in all schools across the State to ensure better educational environment. He also called for evolving innovative mechanism to improve education standards and raising the literacy rate in the state. He directed for proper upkeep and protection of assets, premises and toilet units in the educational institutions from the available resources.