CWG allegations: Delhi struggles to spend funds

Last Updated: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11:21

New Delhi: Hit by allegations of corruption
in CWG projects, the Delhi government is now struggling to
implement fresh projects and spend plan outlay of Rs 13,600
crore.

In the first six months of the fiscal, the government
could only spend Rs 1,800 crore which is just 13 per cent of
the total plan outlay, a top official said.

The government now has the onerous challenge of spending
the remaining Rs 11,800 crore by March 31, next year, if it
wants to ensure full utilisation of the plan outlay in the
current financial year.

The spendings by various departments have not picked up
any momentum despite directions being issued to them from
time-to-time.

Admitting slowing down of the decision making process,
the official attributed it to apprehensions among officials
about facing scrutiny of agencies like Comptroller and Auditor
General in future.

"We are really struggling to spend the money in this
fiscal as decision making process has slowed down following
probe by various agencies into the CWG projects," the official
said.

While presenting a Rs 27,067-crore budget in March, Delhi
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had set aside Rs 13,600 crore
for plan expenditure for 2011-12.

The official said bureaucrats are particularly jittery
about taking decisions as some of the decisions taken in the
run up to the Commonwealth Games to ensure speedy
implementation of certain projects were severely slammed by
CAG as well as Shunglu Committee.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11:21

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