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Budgetary Allocation to Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation had a plan allocation of Rs.13237 Cr. during 2014-15. The work relating to the River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was transferred to this Ministry on 31.7.2014; the Namami Gange project is still at an approval stage. As a result of this and due to delays in submission of proposals by the State Governments in proper format and advance release of State share under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes, proportionate expenditure could not be incurred. As a result, at the revised estimate stage the allocation for this Ministry has been reduced to Rs.5400 crore, against which an expenditure of Rs.4127.71 crore has been incurred. The remaining proposals are at an advanced stage of release of funds.

Further, assistance to the States to the tune of Rs.1300 crore is already approved, but funds cannot be released to the States, due to paucity of funds. In addition, State proposals worth Rs.2137 crores could also not be processed, for the same reason. This Ministry has, therefore, requested the Finance Ministry for supplementary funds to the tune of Rs.3437 crores in 2014-15 to meet the additional requirement of funds.

All steps such as weekly expenditure review meetings by the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation speedy completion of appraisal of projects and simplification of guidelines for submission of project proposals by the State Governments, have been undertaken to ensure the full utilization of the available funds.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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