Flexibility in fund utilisation

The government’s decision to give local bodies more flexibility in plan fund utilisation has been welcomed by panchayats and municipalities.

“The new decision will definitely help local bodies in effective and timely implementation of projects.

Currently several project proposals sent by local bodies are rejected by the Technical Adviso-ry Group (TAG) for no good reason and a lot of time is wasted in correspondence and other file work to get its sanction,” said Eldhose Kunnappa-lly, president, Ernakul-am district panchayat.

The State Development Committee, which discussed ways to improve utilisation of Plan funds and improve implementation of projects at its recent meeting , decided to bring in comprehensive changes in the process. The resulting new guidelines are expec-ted to be soon ratified by the cabinet.

Once approv-ed, all local bodies will be allowed to spend 55 per cent of the Plan funds according to their priorities while the rema-ining 45 per cent will be reserved for development of basic amenities.

Mayor Tony Chamma-ny is clearly happy that local bodies will no longer have to go through unnecessary procedures for project implementation with TAG no longer on the scene.

“Local bodies will now get more time to implement developmental projects which will in turn ensure more efficiency,” he said.

But Prathibha Hari, president , Alappuzha district panchayat feels there should be an alternative system to monitor the fund expenditure and project procedures need to be more simplified
President of Kozhikode district panchayat, Kaa-nathil Jameela, too beli-eves there should be an alternative system in pla-ce to monitor fund utilisation and project implementation.

“Although CM has allowed district panchayats to take back the roads surrendered to the PWD, funds have not been given to us for maintenance and repair,” she regretted.

Post new comment

<form action="/comment/reply/151871" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="comment-form"> <div><div class="form-item" id="edit-name-wrapper"> <label for="edit-name">Your name: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="60" name="name" id="edit-name" size="30" value="Reader" class="form-text required" /> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-mail-wrapper"> <label for="edit-mail">E-Mail Address: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="64" name="mail" id="edit-mail" size="30" value="" class="form-text required" /> <div class="description">The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.</div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-comment-wrapper"> <label for="edit-comment">Comment: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <textarea cols="60" rows="15" name="comment" id="edit-comment" class="form-textarea resizable required"></textarea> </div> <fieldset class=" collapsible collapsed"><legend>Input format</legend><div class="form-item" id="edit-format-1-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-1"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-1" name="format" value="1" class="form-radio" /> Filtered HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Allowed HTML tags: &lt;a&gt; &lt;em&gt; &lt;strong&gt; &lt;cite&gt; &lt;code&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;dl&gt; &lt;dt&gt; &lt;dd&gt;</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-format-2-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-2"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-2" name="format" value="2" checked="checked" class="form-radio" /> Full HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> </fieldset> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-c8216b4d3ff0cb9efde04ea4c73f8a14" value="form-c8216b4d3ff0cb9efde04ea4c73f8a14" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-comment-form" value="comment_form" /> <fieldset class="captcha"><legend>CAPTCHA</legend><div class="description">This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.</div><input type="hidden" name="captcha_sid" id="edit-captcha-sid" value="82310381" /> <input type="hidden" name="captcha_response" id="edit-captcha-response" value="NLPCaptcha" /> <div class="form-item"> <div id="nlpcaptcha_ajax_api_container"><script type="text/javascript"> var NLPOptions = {key:'c4823cf77a2526b0fba265e2af75c1b5'};</script><script type="text/javascript" src="http://call.nlpcaptcha.in/js/captcha.js" ></script></div> </div> </fieldset> <span class="btn-left"><span class="btn-right"><input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-submit" value="Save" class="form-submit" /></span></span> </div></form>

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.