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India sitting over Rs. 1 lakh cr of unused external aid: CAG

A view of a street near a bus terminus in Chennai which is being used as a public toilet by MTC crew, commuters and passers-by, causing a severe health hazard. Nearly 9,000 cr of external funds have remained unutilised by the Central government in water supply and sanitation sectors, according to a CAG report. File photo: A. Muralitharan

A view of a street near a bus terminus in Chennai which is being used as a public toilet by MTC crew, commuters and passers-by, causing a severe health hazard. Nearly 9,000 cr of external funds have remained unutilised by the Central government in water supply and sanitation sectors, according to a CAG report. File photo: A. Muralitharan   | Photo Credit: A_Muralitharan

India is sitting on unused foreign aid of over Rs. 1 lakh crore reflecting inadequate planning by ministries like urban development, water resources and energy, a report by government auditor Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG) has said.

“As on March 31, 2010, unutilised committed external assistance was of the order of Rs.1,05,339 crore,” the CAG said in its report tabled in Parliament on Friday.

The government has paid commitment charges of Rs.86.11 crore during 2009-10 in the form of penalty for not timely utilising the aid approved by multilateral and bilateral lending agencies.

“Inadequate planning resulted in avoidable expenditure in the form of commitment changes amounting to over Rs. 86 crore,” said the CAG report.

The report has outlined 16 sectors which sit on unutilised external assistance to the tune of Rs. 1.05 lakh crore.

The sectors include urban development (23,883 crore), roads (Rs. 11,617 crore), agriculture and rural development (Rs. 9,557 crore), water supply and sanitation (Rs. 8,995 crore) and power (Rs. 7,959 crore).

Besides, sectors like railways, health, environment and forestry, atomic energy and rural development too had substantial amount of unutilised foreign assistance.

Among others, India receives financial assistance from World Bank, Asian Development Bank and from developed countries like Japan, France and Germany.

According to the CAG report, the government during 2009-10 paid commitment charges of Rs. 53.26 crore to the ADB and Rs. 27.28 crore to the World Bank, besides others, for delay in utilisation of approved assistance.

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