Fi­nance com­mis­sion funds di­verted to ru­ral mis­sion pol­icy

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB - Harvin­der Kaur let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

The ur­ban and ru­ral re­gen­er­a­tion mis­sion which was launched by the pre­vi­ous Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gov­ern­ment was aimed at the in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment of the ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas of the state.

But the project has led to mis­man­age­ment of the 14th fi­nance com­mis­sion funds, pro­vided by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, ex­clu­sively for vil­lage area de­vel­op­ment.

Af­ter sanc­tion­ing a cer­tain amount for ru­ral re­gen­er­a­tion project, only in pa­pers, Pun­jab In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (PIDB) has asked the ex­ec­u­tive author­i­ties, to use the fund that they re­ceived from the 14th fi­nance com­mis­sion un­der the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment project.

The vil­lage pan­chay­ats have to­tal au­ton­omy on de­vel­op­ment or re­pair work.

The pan­chay­ats used the com­mis­sion fund that the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment send to the ru­ral gov­ern­ment di­rectly.

The funds re­leased by Pun­jab In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Author­ity un­der the Ur­ban Ru­ral Re­gen­er­a­tion Mis­sion is only meant to be utilised for new in­fra­struc­ture.

Ja­land­har dis­trict, with 899 vil­lages, had re­ceived two of the three in­stal­ments of ₹14 crore each from the fi­nance com­mis­sion, last year.

An­other fac­tor that has at­trib­uted to the mis­man­age­ment is the distri­bu­tion of fund un­der the ru­ral project.

While the grant of 14th fi­nance com­mis­sion is dis­trib­uted as per the pop­u­la­tion of a vil­lage.

The funds sanc­tioned for the ru­ral ar­eas are as per the pro­posal submitted by re­spec­tive area MLAs.

As the cen­tral fund was used in PIDB work, the vil­lages will com­par­a­tively more pop­u­la­tion got a fair share of funds un­der the scheme.

While vil­lage with less pop­u­la­tion and more pro­posed work wit­nessed a short­age of funds.

Of­fi­cials in the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion said that they have prop­erly chan­nelised the funds and de­vel­op­ment work is be­ing car­ried out with­out ob­struc­tion.

Of ₹134.82 crore that was pro­vided for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment in Ja­land­har, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has so far re­ceived ₹85 crore from PIDB.

Ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner (ADC) Girish Day­alan said that 1,728 works, at the cost of ₹39.5 crore, has been com­pleted while there are 2,595 on­go­ing works.

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