Karnataka government unearths Rs 406 crore unused LAD funds before polls

Karnataka government unearths Rs 406 crore unused LAD funds before polls

With elections round the corner, the state government has unearthed dormant Local Area Development (LAD) funds amounting to Rs 406 crore in the accounts of deputy commissioners.

To use these funds, the Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics department on Thursday announced a new scheme - 'Sidda Sarkarada Nade Sevegala Kade'.

The Rs 406 crore will be used to take up infrastructure works in education, health and women & child development.

Karnataka goes to polls in March-April of 2018.

"These are Karnataka legislators' Local Area Development Scheme funds for 2002 to 2013 which remain unused and lying in the accounts of deputy commissioners," Minister for Planning M R Seetharam said.

"These funds will be distributed among the departments of education, health & family welfare and the women & child development for specified projects," he added.

The minister said it was the first time such a  large  amount of unused LAD funds had been discovered. "Legislators no longer have control over these funds as they have lapsed," he added.  

Of the Rs 406 crore, the education department has received Rs 243 crore for construction or repair of 2719 classrooms in government schools.

The health department has received Rs 122 crore to provide basic infrastructure at 309 government hospitals

The women & child development department has received Rs 40 crore to construct 346 anganwadis.

"Our department will monitor the use of these funds. Deputy commissioners have been directed to ensure the funds are used before the end of March," Seetharam said.

Liked the story?

  • 0

  • 0

  • 0

  • 0

  • 0