With less than two months left for the financial year to end, the rural development department has just managed to utilize 47.17%.of funds allotted for various development schemes in the state, official data show.
According to official figures of the department, till December 2015, a sum of Rs 20.11 crore was provided for various development schemes but only Rs 9.48 crore was spent—that is just 47.17%. The total expenditure up to December, 2014 was Rs 9.50 crore or 42.56%.
Of the total funds of Rs 5.38 crore in MLALAD, only Rs 2.12. crore was spent. Similarly, under the Border Area Development Project (BADP), out of the Rs 2.15 crore sanctioned, only Rs 1.10 crore was spent.
A senior official in the rural development department, who did not want to be named, said the state government was way behind in utilizing funds sanctioned under the Indira Awas Yojna due to the lack of human resources and huge targets. The previous government had taken a loan of Rs 34 crore in 2011-12 to construct houses under the chief minister’s BPL housing scheme, he said.
“The loan was taken as funds provided by the Centre were insufficient. Clubbing targets of the two schemes—the Chief Minister’s Below Poverty Line Housing Scheme and Indira Awas Yojna– more than nine lakh houses had been sanctioned,” he said.
“Funds under the Member of Legislative Assembly Local Area Development (MLALAD) scheme remain unspent due to lack of recommendations from MLAs.”
Rajeev Singh Thakur, secretary of the department, said the annual expenditure of the department on an average was 60%.
“We are targeting achieve 75% expenditure in the next two months,” he said.
The Indira Awas Yojna needs to be geared up and the department was focusing on 12 districts in Mewar, Hadoti and parts of Marwar regions, he said.