CAG report: Shortfall of funds to Assam
Guwahati/ 22nd July’2017 (Prag News Desk): A 60 percent shortfall in the release of Central funds to Assam has been notified on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report. This shortfall in release of Central funds to Assam comes for the implemention flood management programme.
The report is a blow to the State which is struggling with the flood situation in 13 districts in which 73 people have died so far.
In the report, CAG noted that the Centre was to share Rs 2,043.19 crore with Assam for implementing 141 projects in the State between 2007-08 and 2015-16. Of this, it released Rs 812.22 crore, a shortfall of Rs 1,230.97 crore or 60 per cent. The report further recommended that the Union Water Resources Ministry release adequate funds in a timely manner as per flood management programme (FMP) guidelines and impress upon state governments to release funds to executing agencies in a time-bound manner.
The ministry may also maintain a strict vigilance on utilization of funds by the state government and executing agencies so as to avoid parking and diversion of funds.
The FMP guidelines incidentally shows that the proportion of Central and state share of funds for flood forecasting projects approved up to July 2013 was 75 per cent to 25 per cent. For the projects sanctioned after July 2013, the proportion of Central and state share of funds was to be 50 per cent each.