MADHYA PRADESH Government has failed to utilise Rs 971 crore during 2005-06. According to figures compiled by the State Planning Board, the Government failed to utilise about 12 per cent funds available under the plan of previous year.
According to official figures, the annual plan size of last fiscal was Rs 7,471 crore which was revised to Rs 8,325 crore. Against the provision of Rs 8,325 crore, the BJP Government has managed to use Rs 7353.44 crore and left a huge sum of Rs 971 crore unutilised.
As per the compilation made by the Planning, Statistics and Economics department, many important departments like Forest, Rural Development, Water Resources, Energy, Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering and Women and Child Development underutilised the allocated funds.
This is not the first time when the BJP Government has failed to utilise sanctioned money. During 2004-05 PWD surrendered over Rs 116 crore to the State Government.
According to sources, Chief Secretary was not happy with the pace of various departments in utilising their funds and directed them to speed up activities.
When contacted, officials of Planning, Economic and Statistic department and their counterparts in Finance department admitted the Government failed to utilise the funds effectively.
“As per figures collected from various departments it appears that there is a shortfall of over 10 per cent in using the budget outlays,” they added.
However, exact amount of shortfall will be ascertained only after the AG submits final accounts for the previous fiscal, officers said.