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Delhi govt spends 76% of total plan outlay

delhi Updated: Feb 19, 2012 12:37 IST
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Shrugging off delays in utilising funds due to allegations of graft in Commonwealth Games projects, the Delhi Government has managed to spend 76% of the total plan outlay of Rs 14,200 crore for the current fiscal, till January 31.

"The government spent a total of Rs 10,792 crore between April 1 and January 31 and we are confident of spending the remaining funds within March 31," a top official in the Finance Department told PTI.

The spendings by the government has improved dramatically in the last five months as only Rs 1,800 crore could be spent between April and August which was just 13% of the total outlay.

Faced with allegations of corruption in CWG projects, the government struggled to spend the plan outlay in the initial months of the fiscal but introduction of an effective monitoring mechanism by the Finance department resulted in increase in fund utilisation.

"A multi-level monitoring system was put in place for ensuring speedy utilisation of the funds which resulted in better spending of the funds under plan outlay," chief secretary PK Tripathi said.

He said government has been successful in controlling non-plan expenditure against the plan expenditure. "Our plan expenditure has been much more than the non-plan expenditure so far," Tripathi said without elaborating.

The finance department official said government could spend 11 per cent funds more in the first ten months in 2011-12 as compared to the corresponding period last fiscal. The could spent only 65% of total Rs 11,200 crore plan outlay during April to January last fiscal.

Senior officials in the government admit that various departments could not spend much in the initial months of the current fiscal as the decision making process was affected due to allegations of graft in CWG spendings.

They said government was busy giving replies to CVC and Shunglu Committee regarding allegations of corruption and morale of the officials were also affected to some extent due to the charges.

The spendings picked up momentum since September following strict directives by chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who also holds the Finance portfolio, to various departments to utilise the funds. The government also launched a number of schemes to improve utilisation of the funds.

In November, a scheme was launched to provide sanitary napkins free of cost to around 7.5 lakh adolescent girl students studying in government-run schools.

In the same month government launched another ambitious scheme to provide health check-ups and free treatment to nearly 14 lakh students studying in government-run schools.

The government has also started "Delhi Arogya Kosh" to provide financial support to economically weaker section for treatment of critical diseases. A corpus of Rs 110 crore was been set up for the purpose.

Some of the major projects under implementation in the current financial year include construction of Signature Bridge at Wazirabad, construction of multilevel car parking at various places, construction of a number of hospitals, construction of nearly 47,000 low cost flats and redevelopment of Walled City area.