In an indication of poor planning and performance,only four of 28 states were able to meet their labour budget projections for the rural job guarantee scheme in 2012-13. Tamil Nadu,West Bengal and Kerala performed beyond their labour budget estimates while Haryana met 100 per cent of what it had estimated.
Every December,each state has to prepare a labour budget for the next financial year containing the details of anticipated demand for unskilled manual work and the plan for engaging labour in works under the scheme.
Essentially,a labour budget is an estimated projection and is expected to be based on a realistic assessement. The budgets have to be submitted to the Rural Development Ministry by January end for the next financial year.
The ministry then estimates and sanctions funds based on these projections after taking into account utilisation of funds released previously.
According to ministry data,nine states were able to meet over 80 percent of their labour budget targets,three between 70 to 80 percent,five between 60-70 percent,two between 50-60 percent and five,including Uttar Pradesh,less than half.