Assam admits partial utilisation of Centre`s grants

The Assam government on Monday admitted that it has failed to fully utilize the Central grants under the 12th Finance Commission.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 19:47 PM IST

Guwahati: The Assam government on Monday
admitted that it has failed to fully utilize the Central
grants under the 12th Finance Commission.

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Replying to a question by opposition Asom Gana
Parishad`s (AGP) Aloka Desai Sarma in the state Assembly,
senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said certain "procedural
tangles" had resulted in a failure of optimum utilisation of
funds.

The minister said the government had successfully
utilised 85 percent of the plan allocation, which is "very
good" when compared to other states.

"There are certain problems in implementing
Centrally-sponsored schemes which was project related and
there was bound be some delay in its implementation," he said.

Moreover, Sarma said as the state was approaching
Assembly election next year, the fund allocation will come
down with the election code of conduct in force.

PTI