State returned central aid for key schemes

While the state government often accuses the Centre of withholding financial assistance for various programmes,it turns out that 67% of the central grants for 2010-11 allocated for Kanya Kelavni,the prestigious annual girl child education campaign by the state government,was returned to Delhi because they could not be used,says the CAG report recently tabled in the state Assembly.

Written by Avinash Nair | Ahmedabad | Published: April 6, 2012 5:05:14 am

While the state government often accuses the Centre of withholding financial assistance for various programmes,it turns out that 67% of the central grants for 2010-11 allocated for Kanya Kelavni,the prestigious annual girl child education campaign by the state government,was returned to Delhi because they could not be used,says the CAG report recently tabled in the state Assembly.

Kanya Kelavni is one of the several schemes that figures in a elaborate list of 86 “substantial surrenders”,where 75% of the total central grants worth 1,500 crore meant for various schemes were surrendered due to their non-implementation or slow implementation.

Kanya Kelavni was launched 2003 and it is inaugurated every year in June by Chief Minister Narendra Modi,after which his team of officers travel to remote villages to encourage parents to enrol girl children in schools.

The government’s official publication claimed that because of the Kanya Kelavni and Shala Praveshotsav,drop-out rate in 1-5 grade came down to 2.09% in 2010-11 compared to 20.93% in 2000-01.

Most of these cases where grants were partially or fully surrendered relate to education projects like Rashtriya Madhyamik Shikshan Abhiyan scheme,computer literacy studies in schools,Gujarat Teachers Education University,Saraswati Yatra,Gujarat Technology University and development of engineering colleges.

These figures have come to light in the audit report of appropriation accounts by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG),which notes that there has been 100% surrenders of grants in 22 of the 86 cases of “substantial surrenders” (involving more than 50 per cent of the total provision or more than Rs 1 crore) during the financial year 2010-11.

“Out of the total provision amounting to Rs 1,543 crore,almost Rs 1,168 crore was surrendered,which included 100 per cent surrenders in 22 cases amounting to Rs 138 crore,” says the CAG report.

Apart from education projects,grants for improvement of justice delivery in the state,cyclone mitigation and setting up emergency response centres were also returned.

The entire Rs 20-crore grant for the state government’s disease control programme for foot-and-mouth diseases was returned since the vaccination campaign could not be carried out for want of vaccines.

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