Edu dept to procure child friendly furniture worth Rs 1267 lakhs for kindergarten schools in Valley

In a significant development, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) is readying to equip around 845 Kindergarten Classes in government schools with child friendly furniture across Kashmir.

The Directorate has accorded post-facto sanction for procurement of furniture for around 845 Kindergarten schools worth Rs 1267 lakhs under UT Capex budget 2022-23.

"Post-facto administrative approval is accorded for establishment of 845 KG classes and procurement of child friendly furniture worth Rs 1267 lakhs under UT Capex Budget through CEOs of Kashmir," reads the DSEK order, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

As per the order, the DSEK has stated that the procurement of the furniture should be made strictly as per the guidelines, provisions and specifications approved by UT Level Purchase Committee and "no deviation shall be made in it."

"The detailed estimate of the work should be technically sanctioned by the competent authority and the cost of instant work be restricted to the extent of administrative approval accorded as such," the order reads.

The DSEK order further states that the Heads of the Institutions (HOIs) will produce a certification that there is no further requirement left after the said school is strengthened or upgraded.

"As it will not be proposed for any requirement during the next five year," it reads.

The DSEK has further ordered that the expenditure shall be restricted to the sanctioned provision of funds for the current financial year while the works shall be executed within 45 days from the accord of Administrative Approval (AA).

"The liability whatsoever shall not be created on account of delay in the execution of work to the next financial year," it reads.

The order reads that a separate account shall be maintained by the executing agency and similarly separate inventory of assets created under the programme shall also be maintained as well.

"It shall be ensured that the work has not been executed earlier under any other scheme by any Department so far and there is no overlapping in execution of the work in any other programme by any department," the DSEK order reads—(KNO)

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