29 Departments Fail to Utilise SC Sub Plan Funds Effectively

Published: 14th February 2016 05:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2016 05:49 AM   |  A+A-

MAHABUBNAGAR: The Scheduled Caste (SC) sub plan, meant for the upliftment and development of the SC communities, has gone for a toss in Palamur district. Of the 31 departments entrusted with the responsibility of implementing the plan and were given generous funds for the purpose, only two departments have achieved 100 per cent progress. The two departments are Animal Husbandry and Panchayat Raj.

While Animal Husbandry spent the allotted Rs 4 lakh by organising fertility camps and sanctioning sheep rearing units, Panchayat Raj spent Rs 38.33 lakh completely. A cursory glance at the spending of the departments gives a grim picture of the state of  affairs.

District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) was allotted Rs 43.95 crore towards the sub plan. Interestingly, not a single penny was spent so far by the officials even after completion of ten months in the financial year. This does not stop here. The officials were able to spend just 74 per cent of the funds under the sub plan during 2014-15. Of the Rs 13.22 crore sanctioned, only Rs 9.83 crore was spent during this fiscal, by sanctioning 2,070 units out of the targeted 2,385 units.

The officials also lag behind in utilising funds for the implantation of UPA government’s flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the district. Of the total Rs  167.82 crore sanctioned funds, the officials were able to spend just Rs 26.87 crore. Of the Rs 1.44 crore allotted for the farm machanisation scheme of agriculture department, only Rs 16 lakh was spent with a mere 11 per cent achievement to crucial wings like MEPMA stands at 0.63 per cent, ICDS (9.31 per cent) and Housing (27 per cent).

The officials were able to spend just Rs  21.36 crore out of the sanctioned amount of Rs 245.05 crore under the provision of drinking water to the SC colonies scheme. Similar is the status of provision of basic amenities in the SC colonies programme in the district. Of the 105 sanctioned works worth Rs 31.92 crore, only 34 works were completed by spending Rs 9.36 crore.

The status of the sub plan in Telangana Transco throws up a similar bleak picture. Of the 2,926 sanctioned works worth Rs 15.16 crore, only 533 works were completed by spending just Rs 2.76 crore.Horticulture department failed to sanction a single poly house under a scheme of the state government. Only 18 per cent of the funds allotted for drip irrigation were spent during the last ten months.

Taking a serious note of the issue, district collector Dr TK Sridevi instructed all departments to take steps for achieving 100 per cent targets before the end of the financial year.

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Mahbubnagar Collector Sridevi instructs all departments to achieve targets under the plan before the end of the financial year

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