Only 22% funds utilised in six Hous­ing Min­istry schemes

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2,480.43 crore— only 28.74% of the to­tal amount al­lo­cated. The com­mit­tee, in its re­port, noted, with dis­may, “that the data re­gard­ing sewage treat­ment plants is not be­ing main­tained un­der AMRUT”. “More­over, the fu­til­ity of lakhs of toi­lets be­ing con­structed with­out proper pro­vi­sion for sep­tage, sew­er­age and drainage is too glar­ing a ques­tion mark on the mis­sion,” the re­port said.

Un­der the Swachh Bharat Mis­sion, the gov­ern­ment utilised only Rs 2,223.22 crore, or 38.01%, against Rs 5,847.92 crore re­leased un­der the scheme. In the case of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yo­jana, the state spent Rs 2,080.52 crore, which was only 20.78% of the to­tal funds re­leased. Sim­i­larly, for the Smart Cities Mis­sion, the util­i­sa­tion stood at Rs 182.62 crore, or a mea­gre1.83% of the to­tal Rs 9,943.22 crore. The HRIDAY scheme, which is aimed at pre­serv­ing and re­vi­tal­is­ing the soul and unique char­ac­ter of her­itage cities in the coun­try, was launched on 21 Jan­uary 2015, with a to­tal out­lay of Rs 500 crore. The scheme is be­ing im­ple­mented in 12 iden­ti­fied cities of Ajmer, Amaravati, Am­rit­sar, Badami, Dwarka, Gaya, Kanchipu­ram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Ve­lankanni and Waran­gal. Against an al­lo­ca­tion of Rs 150 crore made in 2016-17, Rs 141.55 crore was re­leased for projects un­der the scheme. But only 54.3% of funds were re­leased till De­cem­ber 2017.

How­ever, the util­i­sa­tion of funds un­der the Na­tional Ur­ban Liveli­hoods Mis­sion ( NULM) was bet­ter. The scheme, which fo­cuses on or­gan­is­ing the ur­ban poor into self help groups and help­ing them to set up self-em­ploy­ment ven­tures by en­sur­ing easy and sub­sidised credit, utilised Rs 293.62 crore out of Rs 299 crore al­lo­cated in 2016-2017. Sim­i­larly, out of Rs 349 crore al­lo­cated to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme in 201718, 95.81% was utilised till De­cem­ber 2017.

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