Patna, Oct 22 (UNI) Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has urged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to ensure speedy utilisation of Central funds, sanctioned under Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojna(RSVY), as the Centre has decided to wind up the scheme.
In a letter to Mr Kumar, a copy of which was released here today, Mr Singh regretted that out of Rs 525 crore, released by the Centre under the RSVY for 21 districts in Bihar, only Rs 398 crore had so far been utilised during the last three years.
The work taken up in these districts under the RSVY should have been completed during this period but due to 'lackadaisical approach' of the officers concerned, it remained incomplete and Rs 127 crore unutilised so far, he lamented.
Mr Singh pointed out that the Centre could not release Rs 945 crore for the 21 districts as the state government failed to submit its action plan on time. He also said that 36 out of the 37 districts had been covered under the new scheme - Backward Region Grant Funds (BRGFs)-for the backward districts and the earlier scheme of RSVY had been stopped, which was effective in most of these districts.
''If funds released under the RSVY were not utilised by the end of the current finacial year, the state government would be deprived of hundreds of crores of rupees,'' he pointed out.