However, the total number of central schemes will come down to 70 from 147 from 2013-14 if the panel's proposal is accepted by the Cabinet. This will be achieved by merging similar schemes and having one big scheme for a sector.
The idea was to have lesser number of schemes with national objectives rather than spending the government money through wide spectrum resulting in diffused outcomes.
While the Cabinet note circulated by the Planning Commission terms infeasibility as reason behind its rejection, the panel officials said the bureaucracy feared that Chidambaram's plan would result in pruning of senior positions in different ministries.
There is at least one officer in-charge of a scheme in each ministry and these positions would have been lost if these schemes were transferred to the state governments, officials said.
The note says that most of the existing schemes would be retained in same or a modified form in a bid to overcome bureaucratic resistance. The note, if approved by the Cabinet, would be implemented for disbursement of around Rs. 3,00,000 crore from the next financial year.
The note, however, appeases Chidambaram a bit as the panel has agreed to reduce the number of total central schemes from 147 to around 70 sector specific schemes.