The Centre has reduced its overall fiscal contribution to almost half in the centrally-sponsored flagship schemes for Punjab, even winding up Backward Region Grant Funds (BRGF), Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG), e-Governance Action Plan and Rajiv Aawas Yojana schemes.
According to the state’s annual plan, the Centre’s overall share outlay in its flagship schemes has reduced from Rs 6,181 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 3,740 crore for 2015-16.
While finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, at a press conference here, said that there was “no clarity” as of now with regard to the fate of the centrally sponsored schemes, the annual plan revealed the Centre’s diminishing allocation for a handful of schemes, like a mere Rs 5 crore against an outlay of Rs 728 crore in the previous fiscal for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) that has been re-christened as the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) scheme.
The outlay for the 100% centrally sponsored Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) has been reduced to less than half from Rs 500 crore (in 2014-15) to Rs 230 crore for the coming fiscal, while that for the National Rural Drinking Programme has been curtailed from Rs 100 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 25 crore.
Similarly, the central funding under the National Health Mission (NHM) has been reduced to Rs 375 crore from Rs 450 crore in 2014-15, and that under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) reduced to Rs 445 crore from Rs 550 crore in 2014-15. Now Punjab would have to contribute 50% (Rs 445 crore) funding under the SSA in place of 35% in 2014-15, to fully utilise the approved Rs 890 crore plan.
The state would also get less -- from Rs 70 crore to Rs 50 crore -- in the ensuing fiscal, under the National Food Security Mission.
The Centre has wound up its 100% sponsored Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF). The funds under this district-oriented scheme have been Rs 27.2 crore in this outgoing financial year.
The National River Conservation programme, with 75:25 Centre-state ratio, has also been wound up for which Rs 270 crore was approved last year (2014-15 fiscal).
The 100% central funding for the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana has also been reduced from Rs 50 crore to Rs 25 crore.
The National Mission on Food Processing scheme with 75% central funding has been done away with. As many as Rs 30 crore was approved for Punjab under this scheme in 2014-15, of which only Rs 5 crore has been utilised.
The central funding of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has been brought down to Rs 212 crore from Rs 225 crore in 2014-15, with the Centre-state ratio remaining 90:10.
Centre’s flagship schemes Approval (2015-16)
National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme Rs 233 cr (90:10)
Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana Rs 230 cr
National Food Security Mission Rs 50 cr
National Health Mission Rs 563 cr
Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Rs 890 cr (50:50)
Mid-Day Meal Rs 227 cr (90:10)
Shiksha Abhiyan Rs 90 cr
Indira Aawas Yojana Rs 34 cr
Pradhan Mantri Adarsh
Gram Yojana Rs 25 cr