New Delhi: Sixty naxal hit districts across
nine states have spent 47 per cent of funds allocated under
the Integrated Action Plan for providing basic facilities
like roads and power in these areas in the last 10 months.
These districts were given Rs 1,500 crore in December
last year as first tranche of the over Rs 13,000 crore package
spread over four years.
"Against the release of Rs 1,500 crore last fiscal, the
expenditure level has already reached Rs 702.60 crore which
works out to be 47 per cent of the allocated funds," Plan
panel Member Secretary Sudha Pillai told reporters here.
The funds were placed at the disposal of an empowered
committee headed by District Collectors to carry out works in
the naxal hit areas.
Under the scheme each district gets Rs 25 crore per
annum. So far, around 66,500 works worth Rs 2,732.58 crore
have been taken up by district authorities, out of which
17,106 projects are complete.
The government has already approved the 71,574 works
under the scheme out of which 49,966 projects are at various
stages of implementation.
Pillai today had the 10th review meeting through a video
conference organised by NIC which witnessed the Centre
assuring the District Collectors that no road block would be
allowed in the way of development plan.
During the interaction, the District Collectors were of
the view that no major obstacle except natural calamity were
hampering the progress though some of them were keen to take
further clarifications on solar lamp schemes and bamboo
rights of tribals.