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Unutilised MPLAD fund, only 29% utilisation certificates issued

Lackadaisical attitude of different departments of Sangrur district administration came to light as government of India is provided with Utilisation Certificates (UCs) of only 29 % of RS 575 crore MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund sanctioned in the past three years.

punjab Updated: Jul 07, 2012 13:21 IST
Navrajdeep Singh

Lackadaisical attitude of different departments of district administration came to light as government of India is provided with Utilisation Certificates (UCs) of only 29 % of RS 575 crore MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund sanctioned to Sangrur district in the past three years.

The Central government has stopped next installment of funds to be sanctioned under MPLAD scheme following inability of Block development officers and executive officers of various departments to provide UCs despite several communiqués.

The matter came into light during Vigilance and Monitoring meeting organized on Friday at DC Complex.

Confirming the decision of union government to stop installment for Sangrur district, Vijayinder Singla member parliament said that out of 575 crore distributed various sponsored schemes to different blocks in the region, UCs of only Rs 1.68 crore have been issued.

"The figures were very shocking as either funds have not been used to carry out developmental process or were lying in the bank accounts of departments from past three years", he said adding that he will take up the matter with state government regarding such careless attitude on the part of district administration officials.

He further said that amount of Rs 39.95 lakh was issued to Malerkotla municipal council for various developmental process but fund utilisation certificates of around 33 lakh were pending with the authorities.

Meanwhile, grant of Rs 80 lakh sanctioned under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) sanctioned every year have been rolled back to central government following its non utilisation. The reason is failure of district administration to carry out survey in the region and to prepare list of beneficiaries of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families under the scheme since 2002.

Under the scheme, housing aid of Rs 45,000 will be given to beneficiaries construct roof of their house while Rs 25,000 for renovation of their house.

When contacted deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul said many of developmental works are under construction or have been completed but departments failed to submit utilisation certificates owing to shortage of technical staff. "I have directed all BDOs and Eos to submit utilisation certificates within a month time frame", he said.