Jamshedpur: State Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Neelkanth Singh Munda admitted on Friday the urgent necessity to provide funds to the Zila Parishad members to ensure development of rural areas.
He said the state government had made the necessary provisions in the budget for the current fiscal for this purpose.
Speaking to scribes after attending a programme at Sidhgora Town Hall, Munda said the Zila Parishad members (councillors) elected two years ago had not received any development fund as yet. As a result of the fund crisis, development work is being affected, he said.
The minister said the state government had allocated Rs 150 crore in the budget for the purpose of funding development works by Zila Parishad. “The fund has been passed a month back. The file has been sent to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
The process is likely to get over by 15-20 April. The funds will be sent to the districts in April. The department will decide on allocations. The allocations may also be made on the basis of population of the districts,” he said.
Munda said he had received several complaints regarding alleged scam in purchases made from funds passed on the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.
He said he was visiting the districts to find out the truth behind the allegations. “It is possible that the Mukhiyas were unaware of the guidelines of the government regarding spending of funds. It is likely that ignorance of guidelines led to such a situation. Action will be taken only after finding out the truth. But it is sure to be taken if anyone is found guilty,” he said.
The minister said the arrangements to carry out cleaning work in panchayat areas will be made after holding meetings of the working committees of Gram Sabhas. The working committees will decide as to how to spend the funds allocated to the panchayats.