IT’S OFFICIAL now. The Madhya Pradesh Government has again failed to utilise the funds of plan outlay. As per the actual expenditure figures given by the Accountant General of Madhya Pradesh, the State has failed to use a whopping amount of Rs 1594 crore during the last fiscal which is over 17.5 per cent of total budget provision of the last fiscal.
According to official figures submitted recently by the AG to State Government, the annual plan size of the last fiscal (2005-06) was Rs 7471 crore which was revised to Rs 8325 crore. The amount was increased further at 9048.64 crore because of additional provisions made in supplementary budgets presented during last financial year. Against this total budget provision of Rs 9048.64 crore, the BJP-led Government has managed to use only Rs 7454.34 crore.
The gap between the budget provision and actual expenditure could widen further if the actual amount released by the Finance Department to various departments was taken into consideration. During the last fiscal, the Finance Department released funds of Rs 9227.87 crore to various departments against which expenditure of Rs 7454.34 crore was made.
This means about 19 per cent resources released by the Finance Department to various departments remained utilised. This is not the first time when the BJP Government has failed to utilise the sanctioned money. In the year 2004-05 also, the government was not able to utilise allotted funds.
Several major departments like Energy, Water Resources, Public Works, Forest, Rural Development, NVDA, Public Health Engineering, Urban Administration, SC Welfare, Mining, and Woman & Child Welfare departments failed to use the money. As per AG’s figures, some departments failed to use over 70 per cent of funds allotted to them.
Officials of the Planning, Economic and Statistic Department and their counterparts in the Finance Department conceded that some departments have failed to utilise the funds effectively.
“As per the figures of actual expenditure, submitted by the AG, there is a shortfall in using the budget outlays,” they said, adding that efforts are being made to ensure best possible utilisation of resources during the current year.