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HUGE FUNDS LYING UNSPENT UNDER BIJU KBK IN B’NGIR Monday, 29 June 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

HUGE FUNDS LYING UNSPENT UNDER BIJU KBK IN B’NGIR
Monday, 29 June 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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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. 



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HUGE IAP FUNDS REMAIN UNSPENT IN BALANGIR
Thursday, 18 September 2014 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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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.


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