Large chunk of CM quota lapses
On the face of it, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh proved to be the stingiest in the State Cabinet in disbursing the discretionary funds though he spent quite a sizable amount.Updated: Apr 07, 2006 12:38 IST
On the face of it, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh proved to be the stingiest in the State Cabinet in disbursing the discretionary funds though he spent quite a sizable amount.
He utilised barely Rs 1.5 crore of nearly Rs 5.41 crore of his discretionary quota for the last fiscal whereas his Cabinet colleagues gave away over 90 percent of the Rs 3. 4 crore allotted to them.
The first Cabinet on December 6 last after Chohuan became Chief Minister had approved hike in the CM’s discretionary quota from Rs two to Rs nine crore. Singh had to utilise the available fund in the remaining 123 days till the closing of the fiscal year.
The one-time hike was meant to enable the new Chief Minister to sanction generously to the needy people as his predecessor Babulal Gaur had been rather too liberal with the discretionary fund. Gaur had already disbursed about Rs two crore and issued sanctions for about Rs 80 lakh.
In the last fiscal, Finance department had provided for Rs 7.41 crore for Chief Minister discretionary quota. Out of this Rs 3.68 crore was distributed by the two chief ministers and Rs 3.72 crore remained unutilised. Over fifty percent of the fund was distributed by Babulal Gaur. He used over Rs 2.5 crore whereas Chauhan only Rs 1.5 crore.
Ministers who used their funds judiciously includes Babulal Gaur, Himmat Kothari, Kusum Singh Mehdale, Rampal Singh, Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Dr Narottam Mishra, Ramakant Tiwari, Jagdish Devda, Ajay Vishnoi, Antar Singh Arya, Kamal Patel, Prakash Sonkar, Tokojirao Panwar, Paras Chandra Jain, Jugalkishore Bagri and Nagendra Singh.