Officials taken to task over poor utilisation of funds

Officials taken to task over poor utilisation of funds

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-22 12:58 Mysuru: Under-utilisation of funds provided under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) by officials of Zilla Panchayat ruled the review meeting of district monitoring and supervision committee held here on Tuesday.Chamarajanagar MP R Dhruvanarayan sought to know why officials were lax in making use of funds provided under the scheme, that aims to provide employment to people in rural areas. Last year, Rs 38 crore was utilised but this year this has gone down to Rs 27 crore. He asked all executive officers to plan welfare works at a minimum cost of Rs 2 crore for each village panchayat. Chamarajanagar MP also directed the officials to utilise Rs 30 lakh released to each gram panchayat under 12th finance policy.Across the district, as many as 2,06,986 job cards have been issued by the ZP and a total of 27,916 job requirements have been listed. But hardly, 13,729 jobs were provided by the authorities.Observing that many NGOs are allegedly raising funds by projecting government works as theirs, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha directed the tribal welfare department officer to keep an eye on such organisations. He pointed out that many NGOs in Kodagu are claiming houses constructed by government for tribals as theirs and raising funds. Moreover, those funds are not being used for the welfare of tribals by those organisations, he alleged.