Funds unspent,govt looks for ways to use money

The Delhi government is exploring ways to spend its budgetary funds this fiscal,after it found that only about a sixth of the allocated money was spent in the first six months on development schemes.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 10, 2011 1:43 am

The Delhi government is exploring ways to spend its budgetary funds this fiscal,after it found that only about a sixth of the allocated money was spent in the first six months on development schemes.

The reason being cited is the ongoing probe by various agencies into the Commonwealth Games projects.

Of the plan outlay of Rs 13,600 crore,the government could spend only Rs 1,800 crore till September,a senior finance department official said.

The spendings by various departments have not picked up momentum despite directions being issued to them time-to-time,the official added.

“We are really struggling to spend the money this fiscal as the decision-making process has slowed down following probe by various agencies into the Commonwealth Games projects,” the official said.

While presenting a Rs 27,067-crore budget in March,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had set aside Rs 13,600 crore for plan expenditure for 2011-12.

The official said bureaucrats are jittery about taking decisions as some of the choices made in the run-up to the CWG,held in October 2010,were severely criticised later by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and the Shunglu Committee.

Dissatisfied with the pace of various developmental schemes and utilisation of funds,Dikshit had last week written to all her ministerial colleagues asking them to expedite the process.

In September,Chief Secretary P K Tripathi tried to add some momentum to the issue by telling all departments to promptly implement various development schemes.

A senior PWD official who did not wish to be named questioned the reason for slowing down of implementation of various projects by the agency. He said observations made in reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Shunglu Committee have seriously dented the confidence of engineers.

The auditors had pointed out that certain decisions made by engineers led to delays and inflated costs in some of the Games’ projects.

“It is fact. We did all the hard work in the run-up to the Games to complete the projects. The extraordinary situation warranted certain decisions… but see how we are being targeted,” he said.

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