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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

West Bengal loses out on central funds for minorities

Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times  Mandirtala (Howrah), November 12, 2013
First Published: 09:44 IST(12/11/2013) | Last Updated: 09:49 IST(12/11/2013)

Failing to submit the detailed project report (DPR), the state government has lost out on Rs. 32-crore central funds meant for minority development under the Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) for the current financial year.

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Sources from the state government said the central funds for minority development under MsDP are project-specific and unless and until the state government submits the DPR such funds are not made available.

As per nor ms, the state government was supposed to forward the DPR to the MsDP authorities by September 30, 2013 following which it would have received the fund from the Union government.

The process of filing the DPR is quite complicated. In the first stage, the different elected local bodies like municipalities, zilla parishads and corporations were supposed to file their receive projects to the state minorities affairs department by July 31, 2013.

Following which, the department then will compile all the report to prepare the final DPR and forward the same to the MsDP authorities by September 30, 2013.

Initially, it was thought that there has been a negligence on the part of some of the elected local bodies in forwarding the individual projects reports to the state minority affairs department, sources said.

However, later it was found that although the individual local bodies stuck to their deadline in sending the individual reports to state minority affairs departments, there had been some lapses on part of the latter in compiling the final DPR.

The central funds under MsDP are utilised for the purpose of overall general development in the minority- dominated localities like development of sewerage system and proper sanitation facilities, among others.

The vision of the programme is to empower the minority communities and creating an enabling environment for strengthening the multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-religious character of the country.

The mission is to improve the socio-economic conditions of the minority communities through affirmative action and inclusive development so that every citizen has equal opportunity to participate actively in building a vibrant nation and to facilitate an equitable share for minority communities in education, employment, economic activities and to ensure their upliftment.


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