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Govt seeks report on expenditure of funds for Central-sponsored projects

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

In the wake of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s allegations of central funds being slashed, state government has sought an account of the expenditure of funds of central sponsored schemes.

It has asked the departments to prepare a detailed account about the total funds received, the amount spent and that which remains unutilised in the last three months as well as the total unspent fund in the end of the current fiscal.

A directive in this regard was issued by the state finance department to the respective heads of the departments recently.

An emergency meeting has also been called on 19 February in Nabanna with 31 departments to discuss the issue.

Earlier, state chief secretary Moloy De had held a meeting on 6 February with departments to take stock of the status of work of the central sponsored schemes under them and the account of funds. Discussions were further held on the amount of fund that was utilised till 31 December and the estimated unspent amount.

According to sources in Nabanna, the report will give a clear picture about the amount of lesser funds released by the Centre which in turn will help in campaigning against the BJP ahead of the upcoming panchayat polls in the state.  Miss Banerjee has repeated slammed the Centre for reducing the share of the fully sponsored schemes to 60 and 40 as well as withdrawing a few schemes.

As per the finance department’s directive, the special meeting has been called from 11 am to 5 pm on 19 February. Thirty one departments including agriculture, agriculture marketing, animal resources development, firsheries, forest, cooperation, consumer affairs, tribal development, women and child development, health and family welfare, irrigation, home, food supplies, minority, school education, higher education, land and land reforms, labour, housing, sports, PWD, urban development and municipal affairs have been asked to attend the meeting.