‘Achievement so far is not enough, much more needs to be done’
Trivikram Joshi, chairman of the High Powered Committee on Implementation of the Special Development Plan (SDP) recommended by the Nanjundappa committee for addressing regional imbalances, said that efforts would be made to sensitise officials in this regard.
Mr. Joshi, who reviewed the progress of the implementation of the SDP in the district, told presspersons here on Friday that on an average, about 60 per cent of the task had been completed, going by the utilisation of the allocated funds. It could touch 85 per cent before the end of the current fiscal through continuous monitoring and sensitising officials.
“Owing to procedural delays in civil works, and for reasons such as unavailability of land and so on, the progress of implementation of the SDP appears to be slow. However, we still have two more months in the current fiscal at the end of which we should be able to spend at least 85 per cent of the funds,” he said.
Out of the total of Rs. 16,000 crore to be spent in eight years, which was in addition to the regular budgetary provision of Rs. 15,000 crore, the State government had so far released Rs. 10,995 crore, and nearly Rs. 10,421 crore had been spent till the end of December 2012. There was scope for improving the progress before the end of the current fiscal, he said.
Stating that he had requested the government to set aside Rs. 2,900 crore in the 2013-14 budget, Mr. Joshi said that the achievement was about 57 per cent in Bidar, 51 per cent in Gulbarga, 55 per cent in Raichur, 40 per cent in Bellary and 55 per cent in Yadgir districts. “However, the achievement so far is not enough and much more needs to be done by officials,” he said in reply to a question. Regarding Bellary district, Mr. Joshi, while expressing his displeasure over the poor progress, said that he had instructed chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat Manjunath Nayak to convene a meeting of officials to review the progress and initiate steps to achieve the targets and to send him (Mr. Joshi) an action taken report.
“As I hail from this region, I am aware of its backwardness. I will pay proper attention to ensure that the allocated funds are fully utilised and the purpose of the SDP is served,” he said.
Meanwhile, T.G. Vittal and S. Pannaraj, conveners of the Bellary Zilla Hitarakshana Horata Samiti, submitted a memorandum to Mr. Joshi, seeking proper implementation of the SDP, keeping in view the special status accorded to Hyderabad Karnataka region.
Chief planning officer Chandrashekar Gudi was present.
High power panel chairman confident of achieving about 85 p.c. progress by end of current fiscal Steps initiated to speed up implementation in Bellary district
High power panel chairman confident of achieving about 85 p.c. progress by end of current fiscal
Steps initiated to speed up implementation in Bellary district