August 31, 2015 3:12:50 am
Punjab has used only 64 per cent funds earmarked under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RGKVY) during the years 2012 to 2015, much lower than many other states. This is according to the RKVY release and expenditure report (till June 30, 2015).
The scheme aimed at incentivising states to increase public investment in agriculture with 100 per cent grant from the Centre. Earlier this year, the Centre had decided to change the funding pattern of the scheme on a 50-50 basis split between it and the state. The grant installments are released on the basis of utilisation certificates.
‘It used to be 100% grant in aid during UPA Government”s tenure which has now been changed to 50:50. This shows the concern of the BJP Government which is also alliance partner in Punjab,’ said Sunil Jakhar, CLP leader.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has appealed to the Centre to increase its share in the scheme back to 100 per cent.
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‘Instead of increasing the share, the chief minister should focus on utilising the funds allocated under this scheme,’ Jakhar said. ‘From 2012, a total of Rs 729. 98 crores were sanctioned for Punjab out of which only Rs 472. 40 crores was used and the rest lapsed.’
Compared to this, Arunachal Pradesh has utilised 100 per cent of its grants, Andhra Pradesh has utilised 98 per cent of grants. Rajasthan has utilised 97.2 per cent while Bihar”s utilisation is 98.5 per cent. Assam is also ahead of Punjab with utlisation of 87.8 per cent funds under RKVY.
Jakhar said that government was not ready to call a Vidhan Sabha session as it had no answers for issues concerning farmers.
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