Days before fiscal year ends, ₹41 cr released for local bodies in U’khanddehradun Updated: Mar 21, 2017 20:44 IST
Dehradun civic body is one of the six municipal corporations of Uttarakhand.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Grants amounting to ₹41 crore have been released for the urban local bodies of Uttarakhand by the central government under the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, days before the current fiscal year ends.
Of the total grant of ₹41.55 crore, ₹21.15crore has been allotted to six municipal corporations, ₹14.41crore to 43 municipal boards and ₹5.98 crore to 43 nagar panachayat.
Sources in the finance department said the grants got delayed because local bodies failed to submit their utilization certificates (proofs of having spent an amount for the specific purpose) of the previous grants on time.
It is worth mentioning that the grants received under the 14th Finance Commission (2015-20) recommendations are required to be spent only under heads like solid waste management and sanitation among others. Grants are given away to the local bodies through two instalments annually.
“We (state government) had received the grants from the Centre last week and in turn released it for the ULBs on Monday. The civic bodies can spend this amount now and also in the next financial year...but they will be provided the next instalment of grants only after they produce utilization certificates of the above amount,” finance secretary Amit Negi told HT on Tuesday.
The state government is required to forward the grants received from the Centre to the local bodies within 15 days of the receipt of the amount (from the Centre), he said.
Corporators in the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC), which has missed deadlines of providing utilization certificates many times in the past, called for spending the grants immediately.
“We hope that the funds are put to use without any further delay,” Bhupendra Singh Kathait, corporator of Hathibarkala ward, told HT.
Dehradun is one of the six municipal corporations of the state, others are Haridwar, Roorkee, Haldwani, Rudrapur and Kashipur.
Dehradun mayor Vinod Chamoli, who has been recently elected as the Dharampur MLA, said grants from the Centre were received on a half yearly basis making it unfeasible to spend them on time. “We often get late in submitting the utilization certificates as inviting tenders and executing/completing works on concerned projects all within six months time is difficult to achieve,” Chamoli said.