Only 22% funds utilised in six Hous­ing Min­istry schemes

The Sunday Guardian - - Front Page - NAVTAN KU­MAR NEW DELHI

The Cen­tre has been able to utilise only 22% of the funds al­lo­cated for the ex­e­cu­tion of six flag­ship schemes un­der the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by a Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee headed by Pi­naki Mishra. The schemes are the Smart Cities Mis­sion, Swachh Bharat Mis­sion, Atal Mis­sion for Re­ju­ve­na­tion and Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion (AMRUT), Her­itage City Devel­op­ment and Aug­men­ta­tion Yo­jana (HRIDAY), Na­tional Ur­ban Liveli­hood Mis­sion and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yo­jana (PMAY).

The re­port has taken strong ex­cep­tion to the se­vere un­der- util­i­sa­tion of funds al­lo­cated for the en­force­ment of the afore­men­tioned schemes and has asked the min­istry to get its act to­gether and ad­dress the prob­lems. The min­istry, headed by Hardeep Puri, has come un­der flak for the slow progress of these schemes. 1.

UTIL­I­SA­TION OF FUNDS UN­DER HOUS­ING MIN­ISTRY SCHEMES

AMRUT 28.74%

The re­port on de­mand for grants for 2018-19 said it was con­cerned to find that the ac­tual util­i­sa­tion of funds stood at 21.6%, or Rs 7,850.72 crore, out of Rs 36,194.39 crore re­leased for the six flag­ship schemes since their launch. A to­tal of Rs 48,548.64 crore was meant to be al­lo­cated to the schemes, but the funds were not re­leased, the re­port said.

The re­port said: “At this pace, the re­al­i­sa­tion of al­most all six flagships pro­grammes would re­main a dis­tant dream in re­al­ity”.

The util­i­sa­tion of funds for AMRUT scheme, which aims to pro­vide wa­ter sup­ply, sew­er­age and drainage fa­cil­i­ties to 500 cities, was Rs

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