Rs 385.58 crore under Local Area Development funds unspent:CAG

Rs 385.58 crore under Local Area Development funds unspent:CAG

This has come to light in a Comptroller and Auditor General of India(CAG) report which audited the performance of the Local Area Development Funds of legislators between 2005-10.

The report revealed that by March 2010, Rs 385.58 crore remained unspent in Personal Ledger Accounts (PLA) while Rs 11.36 crore were also deposited in Centre's revenue accounts due to delayed submission of proposals by legislators.

Due to delay in recommending the projects by the legislators, their sanction by the district rural development agencies and execution by implementing agencies, a substantial number of projects spilled over, it said.

During the audit period (2005-10), legislators utilised Rs 2,716 crore while 15,346 projects costing Rs 461.71 crore were completed but not handed over to the local bodies for their upkeep. The amount of grant for each legislator was Rs 1.25 crore (upto 2006-07).

Also, the report found that there were variations in the accounts maintained by the Commissioner, rural development and district rural development agencies as the balances were carried forward either short or excess with the net short accounting of Rs 29.31 crore.

Sanction to works did not relate to the locally felt needs, it said adding that out of Rs 815.56 crore, a majority of 82 per cent (Rs 669) crore were spent on roads and school buildings.

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