Vasan reviews MPLADS scheme implementation in Kerala
New Delhi, July 7 (UNI) Minister of State (independent charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation G K Vasan, who is on a visit to Kerala, today urged the state Government and the district authorities to utilise the balance of the Rs 223-lakh Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds received on tsunami rehabilitation works in the state.
Kerala has received Rs 519.95 crore since inception of the MPLADS scheme in 1993-94. So far, Rs 455.05 crore has been spent by the state for various developmental activities, an official note released here said.
Reviewing the progress in implementation of the MPLADS scheme at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Mr Vasan noted that 14,121 out of 17,159 works sanctioned have been completed so far.
With an unspent balance of Rs 91.70 crore available with the district authorities, and Rs 111 crore yet to be released by the Government of India, he expressed hope that efficient use of funds of about Rs 200 crore during the current financial year would help in creating durable community infrastructure and improve the quality of life of the people at large.
He also expressed hope that with the review committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary taking up periodical monitoring, the overall implementation of the scheme will show significant improvement.
Dr R C Panda, Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Mr Bharat Bhushan, Principal Secretary, Planning, Government of Kerala and other senior officers of the State and districts participated in the meeting.
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