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States, UTs asked to send reports on Indira Awaas Yojana

NEW DELHI MAY 22. The Rural Development Ministry has asked all the States and the Union Territories to send their monthly progress reports (MPR) on the implementation of the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) aimed at providing shelter to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) rural households, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the economically backward families in the general categories besides freed bonded labourers.

The non-receipt of the monthly reports has hampered the review process of the Ministry that now finds it difficult to project what has actually been achieved at the field level and prevents timely intervention for corrective action, if any.

The Ministry has politely warned the defaulting States and Union Territories that it would not be in a position to release funds in the absence of the monthly progress reports. The review of performance under the IAY is made on the basis of the monthly reports to be sent in a set format by the 10th of the successive month.

According to the IAY guidelines, the carry over of resources is permissible up to 15 per cent of the availability of funds during the previous year. Hence, in order to avoid huge opening balance on account of non-utilisation of funds, the States and Union Territories have been asked to ensure that their proposals with complete documents for the release of the second instalment is sent by October every year.

Early submission of proposals will enable timely release of the second instalment leaving considerable time for utilisation of funds and keep the closing balance well within the prescribed limit.

In all, 14 States and three Union Territories have not sent their reports even for February. The States that did not furnish the reports for February are: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep Islands.

But, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Nagaland, Orissa, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, are believed to have utilised 80.37 per cent of the funds released to them under the scheme.

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