Central fund unutilised in Orissa-Swamy

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Bhubaneswar, Jul 2 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Planning and Implementation V Narayan Swamy today alleged that funds released under various central scheme in Orissa remain underutilised Mr Narayan Swamy, who was here to review the implementation of the central sponsored scheme for the targetted people in Orissa, said during his tour to Koraput and Nawarangpur he found funds under NREGS, Sarbasikhya Abhiyan, National Rural Health Mission, Jawaharlal Urban Development Mission and Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyut Karan Yojana were not utilised fully.

On the implementation of NREGS, the Union Minister said out of Rs 810.99 crore released to the state government, only Rs 379 crore had been spent.

Mr Swamy said during his field visit and interaction with the people, he came across several complaints of job cards not being issued to the beneficiaries and people were not provided jobs.

The Union Minister said he has drawn the attention of the senior officials of the state on the underutilisation of the funds and the irregularities and asked them to rectify.

This was also communicated to the Chief Minister, Mr Swamy said, adding he would visit the state in August to review again the utilisation of the Central funds.

He said the UPA government had sanctioned Rs 32,225 crore in the Eleventh Plan to Orissa as against Rs 14,052 crore by the NDA government during the 10th plan.

The Union Minister came down heavily on the state government for making all tall claims in the implementation of the centrally sponsored programmes saying that the ground reality was totally different than what the government claimed.

He said during his field visit in the KBK regions, he found that 50 per cent of the posts of teachers were lying vacant and there were not sufficient number of doctors. The NREGS job cards were not issued to the people who were not getting 100 days job as promised in the scheme.

The Minister said under the Rajiv Gnadhi Grameen Vidyut Karan Yojana, the Centre had allocated Rs 3056 crore during the 11th plan and so far released Rs 243 crore for the implementation of the scheme in four of the 30 districts.

Stating that there has been much delay in the implementation of the programmes, Mr Swamy urged the state government to maintain better coordination with the central sector PSUs for speedy implementation of the scheme.

Mr Swamy said he would submit a report to the Prime Minister on his return to Delhi, while the officers from the Planning Commission would scrutinise the implementation of the Central schemes.

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