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For transparency, govt to rejig central schemes

To improve the monitoring and provide great flexibility to states, the Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to condense the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS) from 140 to 66 in the 12th five-year-plan (2012-17).

delhi Updated: Jun 21, 2013 01:55 IST
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To improve the monitoring and provide great flexibility to states, the Union Cabinet on Thursday decided to condense the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS) from 140 to 66 in the 12th five-year-plan (2012-17).

"We have now reduced CSS to 66. There are many different schemes in one area (like horticulture). We have condensed them to one scheme," Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said.

Ahluwalia also said the district collectors would have to deal with a fewer schemes. "We have also addressed the issue of flexibility (through this decision)," he said.

The government has also decided to alter the scheme guidelines to suit requirements of states and give them greater flexibility to spend up to 10% of the allocated funds.

He added the states would have the flexibility to incur expenditure under any scheme (up to 10% ) as long as the project is within the broad guideline of a scheme. He said innovation is important while using the funds under the CSS.