Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: Various departments that have been executing the works taken up with the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) were on Saturday cautioned against lethargy in utilisation of funds. The officials concerned were told to send utilisation certificates (UCs) for 2007-08 funds by October-end or else they would not get the grant for this year.

In a meeting of the District Planning Committee (DPC) chaired by Zilla Parishad Chairperson T. Kavitha several problems on the utilisation of funds were also discussed. The meeting approved a revised budget of Rs. 31.58 crore for 2008-09 against the earliest estimate of Rs. 30 crore.

In-charge Collector T. Chiranjeevulu stated that UCs of at least 65 per cent utilisation of funds sanctioned for the previous year should reach the DPC by October-end to get the grant for the current year. If the departments executing the works failed to do so in the given time they would not get funds for the current year.

Zilla Parishad CEO G. Jayapala Reddy informed the meeting that only Rs. 5 crore out of Rs. 28 crore sanctioned for the last year were utilised so far. Progress of construction of 90 health sub centres, 180 Anganwadi centres and others sanctioned in 2007-08 was very poor due to sharing of funds by BRGF and other schemes of the State government.

It was very difficult to adjust the funds, several members remarked. Each sub centre was sanctioned Rs. 7 lakh and Anganwadi centres were sanctioned Rs. 1.8 lakh each last year.

As the DPC has no powers to take up alternate works in place of such problematic works, the meeting approved a resolution seeking the Centre to divest the power from the High Power Committee in New Delhi to the DPCs.

Municipal Chairperson of Rayadurg G. Upender Reddy urged the meeting to sanction the current year funds to the urban bodies as they were not required to submit any UCs due to lack of allocation to urban areas last year.

However, the officials clarified that though Rs. 6.44 crore was allocated for urban areas this year they could be sanctioned only along with rural areas.

Ms. Kavitha stated that it was already taken to the notice of APARD and the Centre was planning to depute staff for BRGF soon.

A secretariat for DPC would be set up in the district soon, she stated.