Press Esc to close

Govt approves merger of centrally sponsored schemes to 66

New Delhi, Jun 20, 2013 (PTI) 17:54 IST
Montek Singh Ahluwalia: File image
In a bid to improve monitoring and provide greater flexibility to states, the government today decided to condense the centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) to 66 from over 140 during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).

"We have now reduced CSS to 66. There are many different schemes in one area (like horticulture). We have condensed them to one scheme," Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporter here after the Cabinet meeting.

Now the District Collectors, he said, "would have to deal with fewer schemes. We have also addressed the issue of flexibility (through this decision)."

The government has also decided to alter the scheme guidelines to suit requirements of the states and give them greater flexibility to spend up to 10 per cent of the allocated funds.

He explained that states would have flexibility to incur expenditure under any scheme (up to 10 per cent of the allocation) as long as the project is within the broad guideline of a scheme.

Ahluwalia said innovation is very important while using the funds under CSS so that it can serve the broad purpose of the programme.

According to a statement, these schemes include 17 flagship programmes with significant outlays for major interventions required in health, education irrigation, urban development, infrastructure sectors.

"To suit the requirements of the states, the Cabinet has also approved that a scheme may have state specific guidelines which may be recommended by an Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted for this purpose," it said.

"Besides, the financial assistance to the states in these schemes would be provided through the Consolidated Funds of the states. Further, to bring in desired flexibility, the Cabinet has approved that 10 per cent of the outlay of the schemes be kept as flexi-funds," it added.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Indian Air force paratroopers perform maneuvers at Bamhrauli Air station as the Indian Air Force ...

Indian Air force paratroopers perform maneuvers at Bamhrauli Air station as the Indian Air Force ...

Indian Mens Hockey team celebrates their birth in the final of the Hero Asia Cup 2017 with a...

Indian Mens Hockey team celebrates their birth in the final of the Hero Asia Cup 2017 with a...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the maiden voyage of Ro-Ro Ferry Service between Ghogha and Dahej...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the maiden voyage of Ro-Ro Ferry Service between Ghogha and Dahej...

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson during the...

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson during the...

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a ...

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a ...

Spain's Garbine Muguruza in action during her group stage match against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko...

Spain's Garbine Muguruza in action during her group stage match against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko...

Meng Meng, one of the two giant Chinese panda bears, is seen at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany July 5...

Meng Meng, one of the two giant Chinese panda bears, is seen at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany July 5...

Father Nicolas Maine blesses bikers' helmets during a

Father Nicolas Maine blesses bikers' helmets during a "Blessing of the Bikes" ceremony at Saint...

Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac in action with Everton's Nikola Vlasic during Premier League match at ...

Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac in action with Everton's Nikola Vlasic during Premier League match at ...

A volunteer uses a water hose to fight a wildfire near houses on the outskirts of Obidos...

A volunteer uses a water hose to fight a wildfire near houses on the outskirts of Obidos...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.