Limit Expenditure, Depts Told

Published: 18th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2014 05:20 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has asked different departments to limit the expenditure under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) commensurate with the availability of central share as per allocation of funds made by the Centre.

In a letter to secretaries of all departments, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) UN Behera said that in case of some restructured CSS, the allocation made by the ministries concerned is less than the provision taken by the administrative departments in the 2014-15 budget.

The Centre has made an allocation of `924.07 crore towards central share under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) while the corresponding State share will be `102.67 crore. The allocation under the scheme will be `1026.74 crore. But, the State Government has made a provision of `1834.36 crore under the scheme. The gap between the central allotment and estimate made by the State Government will be `708.62 crore.

Similarly, while the State Government has made a budget estimate of `300 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), the central allocation, including the corresponding State share will be `169 crore. The gap will be `131 crore.

Stating that expenditure without availability of central assistance would require prior concurrence of the Finance Department, Behera said in case of continuing schemes, the administrative departments can incur expenditure on salary component till December, 2014 in anticipation of receipt of central assistance.

He has also asked the administrative departments to furnish utilisation certificates and statement of expenditure in time to the respective line ministries in order to obtain central assistance.

Behera said in case the Centre did not make provision for any central plan or centrally-sponsored plan schemes which was in operation during the previous year, there should be no further expenditure under such scheme.

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