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Growth schemes crawl on ground

The 2013-14 financial year is at its fag end but several development schemes of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial years under the chief minister’s area development scheme are far from complete.

According to a report of the Gaya district planning office, 752 of 1,260 schemes recommended by 10 MLAs and six MLCs had got administrative sanction and of a sanctioned amount of Rs 26.24 crore, only Rs 10.74 crore could be utilised.

Each MLA can recommend schemes up to Rs 2 crore in a year under the scheme for development in their respective Assembly segment. Gaya district has 10 Assembly segments of which JD(U) represents five, BJP four and RJD one.

Of the 752 sanctioned schemes, 614 were started. Of them, 410 could be completed by December 31, 2013. While plenty of funds for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financial year schemes were lying unutilised, fresh estimates for the 2013-14 financial year were prepared.

The MLAs blamed the government and administrative officials for non-completion of the schemes.

Planning and development principal secretary Vijoy Prakash told The Telegraph over telephone from Patna: “Some of the schemes, such as construction of roads, take time to complete. In such cases, the funds released do not lapse and are carried forward. The contract of junior engineers has been renewed and the work of development schemes would not get affected.”

Among 10 MLAs in the district, Atri MLA Krishnandan Yadav of JD(U), who recommended 119 schemes, got administrative sanction for maximum number of 86 schemes of which 69 started and 53 schemes were completed.

On the other hand, former urban development minister and Gaya town BJP MLA Prem Kumar had recommended 23 schemes of which 10 got administrative sanction. Eight could start but none could be completed till December 31, 2013.

Gurua MLA Surendra Prasad Sinha of the BJP recommended 89 schemes of which 75 got administrative sanction and 45 could be completed. Sinha blamed administrative officials behind non-completion of the schemes. He told The Telegraph that administrative officials should properly monitor the schemes and initiate action against those contractors who do not complete the schemes.

Blaming the officials, Prem Kumar told The Telegraph: “There is no system to review the schemes regularly. Moreover, there is lack of coordination between the district headquarters and the block and circle officials. Subordinates do not comply with seniors’ orders. For completion of schemes, details of land records are required, which are not made available on time by the block and circle officials.”


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