Inadequate RGSY Funds to Himachal Pradesh

Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Dr.C.P.Joshi today informed the Rajya Sabha that The Government of Himachal Pradesh has been released an amount of Rs. 18.98 crore under various components of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Yojana from 2006-07 onwards, out of which the State has so far utilised only Rs. 10.97 crore. The unspent grant includes Rs. 3.82 crore released for construction of Resource Centres at Gram Panchayat level. Further, no proposal for construction of Panchayat Bhawans has been received from the Government of Himachal Pradesh during the current year.

Replying to a written question the minister said Ministry of Rural Development has issued detailed Guidelines for construction of Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendras (BNRGSK) under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), at Gram Panchayat and Block Panchayat level, on priority and in a time bound manner. The BNRGSKs would serve as Panchayat Bhawans also. State Governments have also been advised to converge the resources available under the RGSY and Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) programmes to expedite the construction of Panchayat Bhawans / BNRGSKs and provide the same to all GPs by 31-03-2012.

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