Centre approves Rs 231 cr for NFSM

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New Delhi, Jul 29 (UNI) The Centre has approved Rs 231 crore to states for implementing National Food Security Mission (NFSM) for rice and pulses.

The first tranche includes Rs 128.42 crore for rice and Rs 102.99 crore for pulses for 2008-09 and constitutes 40 per cent of the approved allocation for the year.

It being the first year of NFSM, the states could not spend the funds allocated to them in 2007-08. As such, the states have been allowed to use the unspent funds this year and they have been provided Rs 123.03 crore more from this year's budget.

The break-up of funds available to states in 2008-09 for rice and pulses is as follows Amount unspent Amount released Total approval (Rs in Cr) Rice 46.15 82.27 128.42 Pulses 72.80 40.75 102.99 Total 118.95 123.02 231.41 In case of pulses, the amount not spent by six states is more than this season's approvals and hence do not tally.

Besides, under NFSM-Pulses in the case of six states, the unspent amount available with the states as on April 1, 2008 was more than the amount approved for release and this has been allowed to be spent this year.

State Approved allocation Unspent balance (Rs in Lakhs) as on April 1,08 1 Gujarat 452.2 192.2 2 Haryana 87.4 200.2 3 Karnataka 1118.1 511.0 4 Punjab 54.1 54.1 5 Rajasthan 542.4 788.4 6 Tamil Nadu 211.7 295.8 Total 2465.9 2041.8 UNI BBS SG VC1716

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