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HUGE FUNDS LYING UNSPENT UNDER BIJU KBK IN B’NGIR Monday, 29 June 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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HUGE FUNDS LYING UNSPENT UNDER BIJU KBK IN B’NGIR
Monday, 29 June 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Even as the Government is making tall claims of ensuring development of backward and undeveloped areas through different flagship programmes, the performance of Biju KBK Yojana in Balangir district remains dismal with funds lying unspent for years.Every year, Balangir district gets `21 crores under the Biju KBK Yojana.However, huge sums of money remain unspent with different departments.
According to sources, a total of 67 per cent of funds were spent under the scheme in 2012-13 and in 2013-14, the spending got reduced to 44 per cent further.The huge funds lying unspent in Biju KBK programme can be attributed to many reasons, including submission of a large number of proposals below `5 lakh limit. Once a proposal is recommended or submitted within that range, no tender process is required.
As a result, the party executes it directly, but it has been found in many areas that this type of work hardly serves the purpose of creating infrastructure asset in the district. It serves the purpose of maintenance of projects, says an official here requesting anonymity.Besides the Biju KBK Yojana, in other programmes like BRGF and Additional Central Fund, huge funds also remain unspent in different blocks of the district.
According to sources, a total of `15 lakh earmarked for construction of onion godown is lying unspent in Bongomunda block since 2012-13 under the Biju KBK Yojana.Similarly, the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) Department has been able to spend only `63 lakh out of the `2.60 crore given in the year 2012-13 under a pipe water supply scheme under the Additional Central Assistance scheme earlier known as IAP.The RWSS Department could spend only `11.33 crore out of the total of `16.98 crore under IAP since 2010-11.