BHUBANESWAR: Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati on Monday asked secretaries of all departments to ensure timely utilisation of plan funds.
Chairing the first meeting of the secretaries here, Pati advised them to form secretary-level sub-committees for monitoring project implementation and utilisation of plan outlays of different departments.
The proposed sub-committee should meet frequently to address hurdles in implementation of infrastructure and social sector projects.
The meeting reviewed the plan expenditure of the Government during the first quarter of 2014-15. The State has recorded plan expenditure of `4,909 crore in the first quarter of the current fiscal which is around 15 per cent of the budget estimate against last year’s achievement of 12 per cent during the corresponding period.
Utilisation of plan fund in Agriculture and allied sectors has been around 18 per cent against 10 per cent during the same period last year. The total expenditure in the sector is `1,098.63 crore.
In infrastructure, 17 per cent of the estimated budget of `1,171.59 crore has been utilised. The sector includes the projects of Works, Housing and Urban Development, Rural Development and Energy Departments.
The social sector expenditure from April to June logged `2,530.54 crore which is around 17 per cent of the budget estimate. Expenditure during this period last fiscal was 13 per cent.
The Chief Secretary asked the secretaries to ensure that 60 per cent of the plan outlay is utilised by the end of December.
Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, UN Behera said the Integrated Odisha Treasury Management System (IOTMS) will not admit expenditure in excess of 40 per cent of the budget during the last quarter of the current year.
The State plan, Central plan and Centrally sponsored plan provision in the current year’s budget are estimated at ` 38,810 crore, `609.42 crore and `9.15 crore respectively, totaling `39,428.57 crore.
The State Government had utilised `21,031.92 crore out of the plan outlay of `21,500 crore in the last fiscal. The departments that registered more than 90 per cent spending are Agriculture, Cooperation, Energy, Health and Family Welfare, Higher Education, Home, Industries, Rural Development, Transport, Tourism, Panchayati Raj, Women and Child Development (W&CD) and Works.
Plan expenditure was not upto the desired level in case of departments like Commerce, General Administration, Water Resources and Law.
■ The State has recorded plan expenditure of `4,909 crore in the first quarter of the current fiscal which is around 15 per cent of the budget estimate
■ The total expenditure in agriculture and allied sector is `1,098.63 crore around 18 per cent
■ In infrastructure 17 per cent of the estimated budget of `1,171.59 crore has been utilised