Guwahati: The minority wing of ruling Congress in Assam today blamed the bureaucracy for "misutilisation of central funds" meant for projects of minority communities.
"The ministers and MLAs, being accountable to the public, are trying their best to implement schemes for the minority communities. However, many a times we find that bureaucrats display a lack of sensitivity and also leave loopholes in projects," Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) minority department chief Adil Shah told reporters here.
The APCC minority wing, he said, would from now on keep a watch on central and state government schemes for welfare of minorities and check utlisation of funds allocated for such purposes.
"Last fiscal itself, Rs 137 crore worth of central government fund went back unutilised. While crores of rupees are sanctioned, the intended beneficiaries remain deprived," Shah said.
He added that the minority wing of the APCC has been restructured with appointment of new district presidents in 17 districts across Assam.
APCC general secretary Haren Das said the party was hopeful of securing the support of minorities, who constitute around one-third of the state`s population, during next year`s panchayat polls.