Arunachal govt transfers 13,265 Plan posts to non-Plan

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Itanagar, Sep 30 (UNI) The Arunachal Pradesh government has transferred 13,265 Plan posts of 34 departments to non-Plan during the current fiscal.

This was disclosed by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu yesterday at the Sate Planning Board (SPB) meeting here, official sources said.

''The exercise of transfer of salary posts from Plan to non-Plan from the Seventh Five Year Plan onwards remains incomplete due to limited resources of Rs 150 crore provided to the state Finance department under non-Plan during current year,'' the Chief Minister said.

''Since transfer of Plan posts to non-Plan in respect of 34 departments has been effected from July this year, salary expenditure incurred for four months from March to June is to be borne under Plan in addition to other liabilities such as MR, TE and LTC during the current fiscal,'' Mr Khandu added.

He said for transfer of posts of remaining 12 departments in the second phase from the beginning of the next fiscal, necessary non-Plan expenditure provision shall have to be made by the Finance department.

He further expressed hope that with the completion of this exercise, the government will derive maximum benefit of Revenue Deficit Grant which would be awarded by the Finance Commission.

Mr Khandu maintained that the present system of matching share towards Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) by providing 10 per cent loan component of North East Council (NEC), Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) and Project's under 10 per cent lump sum provision for benefit of NE states is a cause for concern in view of paucity of resources.

He informed that this year the requirement for state share was Rs 80 crore while the Department of Planning had kept a provision for Rs 25 crore only. He advised the departments to concentrate their resources to the state matching share and try to complete projects within Central grants.

The Chief Minister urged all concerned departments to submit utilisation certificates (UCs) in time for Centrally sponsored schemes in order to execute projects satisfactorily.

Calling upon all departments to use their grants judiciously, Mr Khandu, who is also the chairman of the SPB, informed that the Planning Commission (PC) was pressing hard for immediate submission of UCs as well as monthly report along with photographs of schemes being implemented under the Prime Minister's economic package.

''Unless 70 per cent of UCs of the earmarked fund are not submitted, the PC will not consider release of remaining grants,'' he added.

Stressing on the education sector, the Chief Minister announced that the Centre had agreed to support the proposal of the state government for establishment of model schools in each block of the state, the sources added.

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