Panel had fixed Rs. 16,000 cr. when report was submitted

“The total allocation recommended by the Nanjundappa committee for the development of backward taluks needs to be redrawn,” said Trivikram Joshi, chairman of the High Powered Committee for implementation of the panel’s recommendations.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Joshi said that Rs. 16,000 crore had been fixed by the committee in 2001–02 when the report was submitted. “The cost factor needs to be revisited,” he said.

“The committee has decided to entrust the work of redrawing the cost to a private agency,” he said. The agency would take into account inflation and the increase in the cost of raw materials while doing so, he added.

“We have spent Rs. 10,421 crore from the Special Development Plan (SDP) for the implementation of the committee’s recommendations. There is a definite improvement in the condition of the backward taluks, which needs to be assessed,” Mr. Joshi said.

He admitted that there was a gap between the allocation, release and the actual expenditure of SDP funds since 2007–08, when the government decided to implement the recommendations.

“If the allocation for the SDP between 2007–08 and 2012–13 was Rs. 14,945 crore, the actual release by the government was only Rs. 10,995 crore. The expenditure incurred as of December 2012 is Rs. 10,421 crore,” he said. However, Mr. Joshi said that the government was committed to spending Rs. 16,000 crore, for the development of the backward taluks. He said that the committee had requested the State government to allocate Rs. 2,900 crore for the SDP in the 2013–14 budget.

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