Govt asks mins for de­tails of de­layed plans, cost over­runs

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All min­istries have been asked to share de­tails of de­lay and cost over­runs in im­ple­ment­ing projects and schemes, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial state­ment is­sued by Cabi­net Sec­re­tary PK Sinha.

The move comes af­ter it was ob­served that sev­eral pro­pos­als in­volv­ing time and cost over­run or ex­ten­sion in time frame of im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects are be­ing re­ferred to the Cabi­net or Cabi­net Com­mit­tees for con­sid­er­a­tion.

“In this con­text, it has now been de­cided that all such pro­pos­als must nec­es­sar­ily in­cor­po­rate in the note for Cabi­net/Cabi­net Com­mit­tees, spe­cific phys­i­cal and fi- nan­cial mile­stones with cor­re­spond­ing half yearly tar­gets for their im­ple­men­ta­tion,” Sinha said in a mis­sive to sec­re­taries of all cen­tral govern­ment de­part­ments.

He said that at the end of ev­ery six months, the Cabi­net or Cabi­net Com­mit­tees would need to be ap­prised of the rea­sons for such ‘slip­page’ along with the strat­egy to achieve the tar­get.

Nearly 359 in­fra­struc­ture projects, each worth Rs 150 crore and above, have shown cost over­run.

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