BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the departments concerned to ensure timely utilisation of funds under different schemes in the backward districts.
Progress of Biju KBK Yojana, Biju Kandhamal-Gajapati Yojana (BKGY) and Gopabandhu Gramin Yojana (GGY) were reviewed at a high-level meeting by the Chief Minister. He asked the authorities concerned to finalise action plans for these programmes for 2014-15 and complete district planning committee meetings by November 20. He underscored the need for completion of all the piped water projects under these schemes.
It was revealed at the meeting that priority has been given to power, road and water supply in the GGY being implemented in 10 districts, which have been deprived of Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) since 2006-07.
A total of 69,151 projects at a cost of `1,166.4 crore have been completed since the inception of the programme on October 9, 2006. A budget outlay of `225 crore has been made for the programme for the current financial year.
Besides, funds utilisation under Biju KBK Yojana since 2006-07 is `699.03 crore which is 81 per cent of the total budget allocation ` 800 crore while ` 95.96 crore has been utilised under BKGY which is 67 per cent of the budget provision of `142.5 crore.