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45 per cent of relief funds unused

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Only Rs. 276 crore of Rs. 494.05 crore has been spent, says Shettar

BANGALORE: Nearly 45 per cent of the funds released under various schemes for drought and flood relief work in the State is yet to be spent, Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar said in the Legislative Council on Wednesday.

Replying to Congress member Veerkumar Patil during Question Hour, he said that of the Rs. 494.05 crore released for drought and flood relief work, only Rs. 276 crore had been spent. Deputy Commissioners were left with a balance of about 221.31 crore, he said.

But the unspent funds did not mean that the Government was lethargic in implementing calamity relief work. It was being implemented at a brisk pace, but the payments were yet to be made completely as several procedures had to be followed before clearing the bills, Mr. Shettar said.

Break-up

The break-up provided by the Minister shows that of the Rs. 277 crore released for drought relief, only Rs. 90.58 crore has been spent, and only Rs. 185.51 crore of the Rs. 217.05 crore released for flood relief has been spent.

The district-wise figures indicate that Belgaum tops the list of districts with the highest amount of unspent funds (Rs. 18.84 crore).

Tumkur is yet to spend Rs. 18.06 crore, Bangalore Rural Rs. 14.74 crore, Mysore Rs. 13.29 crore, Gulbarga Rs. 13.22 crore and Mandya Rs. 13.10 crore for flood and drought relief work.

Members of the Council said they were not being treated on a par with MLAs.

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