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HUGE IAP FUNDS REMAIN UNSPENT IN BALANGIR Thursday, 18 September 2014 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
HUGE IAP FUNDS REMAIN UNSPENT IN BALANGIR
Thursday, 18 September 2014 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The additional Central assistance under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for development of Maoist-affected and backward area in Balangir district is lying unutilised, thanks to faulty planning, poor implementation of projects and Maoist fear.
According to reports, a total of 192 areas in Khaprakhol, Agalpur, Loisingha,Tureikela, Bongomunda, Deoogan, Gudvella and Balangir and Belpada blocks of the district have been identified as Maoist affected.Under the plan, activities like development of infrastructure, construction of school building, Awanganwadi centre, medical building, drinking water facility, upgradation of transformer and skill development centre are to be taken in these areas.
Balangir district received a total of around Rs115 crore since 2011. In 2011, the district got Rs25 crore, in 2012 and 2013, it got Rs30 crore each under the IAP. The project proposal under the scheme for the development of an area comes with recommendation of the PRI and ZP members.
“We are getting a lot of proposals which are either non feasible and their estimate is too less. Supposing Rs30 lakh is earmarked for a bridge, but proposals for bridge come in the range of Rs5 lakh. We have got a large number of proposals of less than Rs5 lakh. As a result, they are technically not feasible,” an official avers.Around Rs10 crore is lying unspent in the Khaprakhol block alone. In RWSS, a total of Rs7crore remains unspent since 2011and another additional Rs3.20 crore was allocated for various projects, he said.