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Discussion: Chief Executive Officer of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat P.C. Jaffer presiding over the meeting of the District Planning Committee in Gulbarga on Monday. President of the zilla panchayat Bharati S. Patil is at right.
Discussion: Chief Executive Officer of the Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat P.C. Jaffer presiding over the meeting of the District Planning Committee in Gulbarga on Monday. President of the zilla panchayat Bharati S. Patil is at right.

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Members say they were not given enough time to study the proposals

Gulbarga has been allocated Rs. 28.34 crore under BRGF

Of the amount, Rs. 12.15 crore has been allocated to 337 gram panchayats

GULBARGA: The Gulbarga District Planning Committee (DPC) has withheld approval for the action plan for the implementation of the Rs. 28.34-crore Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) 2007-08, stating that not enough time was given to study the proposals.

Members including Gurushant Pattedar and Suresh Sajjan and Opposition leader in the zilla panchayat Subash Rathod took exception to the manner in which copies of the action plan were handed out after the meeting began here on Monday.

Mr. Rathod and Mr. Pattendar said that it would be difficult to give approval without going through the document thoroughly.

The members also took exception to the proposal that funds allocated under the BRGF would also be used to purchase medicine and materials.

Mr. Rathod said that the Union Government had selected the most backward districts in the country to implement the BRGF on a pilot basis. The funds were to be used to provide basic facilities in these districts.

In Karnataka, Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Chitradurga and Davangere districts have been chosen. A total sum of Rs. 104.97 crore has been released under the BRGF for the current year. Gulbarga has been allocated Rs. 28.34 crore, Chitradurga has been allocated Rs. 20.27 crore, Raichur and Davangere have been allocated Rs. 19.61 crore each and Bidar has been allocated Rs. 17.14 crore.

The members also objected to the allocation of Rs. 1.20 crore under BRGF for the purchase of anti-rabies vaccine. They said that funds under the BRGF were not meant for purchasing medicines and materials.

Mr. Rathod said that if there was a shortage of anti-rabies vaccines, the State Government should provide the funds for purchasing it.

Under the BRGF guidelines, 43 per cent of the allocation, which comes to about Rs. 12.15 crore, goes to 337 gram panchayats in Gulbarga district and 24 per cent (Rs. 6.78 crore) goes to taluk panchayats. Fourteen per cent of the amount (Rs. 3.95 crore) has been allocated to zilla panchayats. Urban local bodies have been provided Rs. 3.95 crore each and Rs. 1.41 crore has been reserved as emergency funds.

The district planning authorities had pooled the funds allocated to zilla and taluk panchayats to prepare the action plan.

The DPC will meet again shortly to approve the action plan.

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