CHIEF SECRETARY Rakesh Sahni has expressed his displeasure over the casual approach of some senior officers in using funds available under various Centrally sponsored schemes.
He asked these bureaucrats on Friday to adopt a professional approach not only for getting the funds released but also in their timely utilisation.
Annually various departments get over Rs 4,500 crore from the Centre but many fail to utilise the funds effectively thereby hampering the chance of further release of funds.
While reviewing performance of various departments in utilising funds available under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes at a meeting in Mantralaya, Sahni was annoyed to know that some senior officers did not have adequate information about their departments and some had failed to get a single penny even after the lapse of five months of the current fiscal.
Sahni’s ire, according to sources, was directed towards senior bureaucrats like the Secretary Public Health and Engineering, P C Meena, Principal Secretary, Water Resources, Arvind Joshi and Principal Secretary Public Health and Family Welfare, M M Upadhgyay as performance of their departments were not upto the mark. He also directed the Director Agriculture to ensure timely receipt of funds.
However, he is understood to have appreciated the performance of Rural Development and Women and Child Development departments.
He also came down heavily on some officials, who he said did not attend the meetings with officials of Union Government to press for the demand of their respective departments.
“It is not the responsibility of finance department to take stock of the development related to allotment of funds of your departments,” he is understood to have told the officials.
The Chief Secretary has started a new practice of regularly monitoring the progress of ‘devolution of money’ from the Centre, which play an important role in development of state.
The Chief Secretary told Hindustan Times , “I insisted that all principal secretaries/secretaries took personal initiative to get sanction from the Centre in matters pending before it”.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Chief Secretary admitted that he did express his displeasure over the performance of some departments.
“With the regular monitoring of devolution of funds by the Chief Secretary, performance of many department is likely to improve,” said a finance department officer.