The mid- year financial review of budgetary allocations to different departments of the UT administration has shown that while there has been an improvement in percentage of sanctioned funds used over the last year in the same period, branches like engineering, the estate officer, the food and supplies department, the social welfare department and the Chandigarh Housing Board have utilised less than 50% of the sanctioned funds.
There are departments that managed to spend only a fraction of the budget in the seven months of the review. (April-October 2014). For instance, the computerisation/re-organisation of the estate office was given Rs 3 crore, but only ` 3 lakh (.01%) has been spent.
Overall, under the plan head (used for capital investment like infrastructure etc), 44% of ` 813 crore allocated has been spent. On the non-plan side (salaries, maintenance etc), 69% of Rs 2730.25 crore has been spent. Last year, the corresponding figures were 28% and 60%.
UT adviser KK Sharma took a review meeting and told the departments to redraw plans. “The budgetary performance of the UT Administration this year has been better in comparison to last fiscal. There are some departments which could not carry much of the funds due to technical delays. This amount would be carried forward the next year. We are comfortably placed.”
Departments like environment, and the chief engineer wing which covers power, sewerage, civic works and the housing board did plan projects, but technical and other administrative delays led to delay in execution and piling up of unspent money.
SPENDING ON POWER LAGS
The UT Administration has spent only Rs 5.81 crore of Rs 20.5 crore on power (around 28%). The administration has not spent anything on water supply to the areas falling outside MC jurisdiction, even though Rs3 crore has been sanctioned. Sources said this was as pipeline laying required discussions with various stakeholders.
Director food and supplies has managed to spend just Rs 47 lakh of the sanctioned ` 8.1 crore on the public distribution system.