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.