Special Correspondent

Welfare and development schemes derailed in the last few months owing to agitations

The largest allocation for the State during the current fiscal under MGNREGS is Rs.6,000 crore

Under it, State already got a reimbursement of Rs.3,128 crore till now, highest in the country

HYDERABAD: Government is geared to make up for the delay in the implementation of welfare and development programmes that were derailed in the last few months, owing to agitations and utilise the Central funds before the end of financial year.

State had always utilised Central funds in time and providing State’s share under Central schemes was not a problem even this year as welfare and livelihood generation schemes were given priority despite financial crunch, said a Finance Department official.

The largest allocation for the State during the current fiscal under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), with 90 per cent of Central share, is Rs.6,000 crore. Under it, State had already got a reimbursement of Rs.3,128 crore till now, highest in the country. Expenditure under MGNREGS would have gone up by another Rs.500 crore but for the agitations, a senior official said.

The Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department that monitors MGNREGS is confident that another Rs.1,000 crore to Rs.1,500 crore would be spent by the end of current fiscal. Last year State had spent Rs.2,900 crore under this head.

The focus now under MGNREGS was to develop lands of the poor people by taking up works to develop agriculture, horticulture, small irrigation resources that would enhance the productivity of natural resources and drought-proofing works.

The State received even the second instalment of 12th Finance Commission Funds of Rs.158.7 crore for maintenance of drinking water schemes in rural areas for this financial year and they would be utilised. Even under Backward Region Grant Fund of Rs.249.34 crore given to 13 districts in the State, balance amount of Rs.110 crore was expected soon and it would be utilised for infrastructure works. Under housing scheme, Rs.740 crore sanctioned by Centre under Indira Awas Yojana for BPL families for this year was already utilised. Another Rs.125 crore was sought to construct permanent houses for the poor in the severely flood-hit Mahabubnagar and Kurnool districts.