Unspent funds swell for PM Narendra Modi's 6 repeated advertised projects made Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC ) expresses concern for poor management of projects under BJP rule.
These are the six projects that BJP 's modi has claimed success in all elections campaigns but progress has not been made not even one fifth on expected lines, with their average fund utilisation standing at 21.6 per cent.
The Poorly managed programmes according to (PSC ) are : 1)Swachh Bharat Mission, 2) Smart City Mission (SCM), 3) Urban Livelihood Mission (ULM), 4)Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY-Urban), 5) Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), 6) National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY).
Smart city Government website proudly claim total Cost of Projects 201979 ₹ Crores but PSC found only Of the released amount of Rs 9,943.22 crore, even in that only Rs 182.62 crore has been spent.
PSC said Smart City initiative seems to be moving at a snail's pace where 1.83 per cent of the allocated money has been used so far.
As per the data of MoHUA, only Rs 7,850.72 crore was spent out of Rs 36,194.39 crore released so far which makes to 21.6 percent. Worried about the progress Parliamentary Standing Committee has expressed concern over the under-utilisation of central funds in these projects of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The committee has asked MoHUA to "get its act together".
Here also though Government ministry claimed that there are 2,948 projects worth Rs 1,38,730 crore in various stages of implementation.
But reality is only total 189 projects worth Rs 2,237 crore have been completed, and implementation is underway for 495 projects with a cost of Rs 18,616 crore. It further pointed out that tenders have been floated for 277 projects with a cost of Rs 15,885 crore and detailed projects report for 1,987 projects worth Rs 1,01,992 crore is being made.
The project cost of each smart city proposal will vary depending upon the level of ambition, model and capacity to execute and repay.
The committee has asked the ministry to expedite use of funds on war footing including the brittle financial health of most of the municipal bodies in undertaking Centre's Flagship schemes.
Under Swachh Bharat Mission, Rs 5,847.92 crore was released and out of these, 38.01% that is Rs 2,223.22 crore has been used under various projects.
In the case of projects related to AMRUT, a huge share of Rs 12447.19 crore has been allocated to scheme meant to provide for water supply, sewerage and drainage facilities to selected 500 cities. But PSC audit has found found , only Rs 2,480.43 crore was used which is 27.74 percent out of Rs 12,447.19 crore.
Under Swachh Bharat Mission, a total fund of Rs 5,847.92 crore was released and out of these, 38.01 percent that is Rs 2,223.22 crore has been used under various projects.
In case of PMAY-Urban, the States have spent Rs 2,080.52 crore which is only 20.78 percent of the funds released. PMAY was launched in June 2015. The Modi government envisages building affordable pucca houses with water facility, sanitation and electricity supply round-the-clock. The scheme has recently been expanded its scope to cater to the housing needs of the mid-income group, besides the economically weaker sections (EWS) and low-income group (LIG).
Under the HRIDAY, so far, 63 projects amounting to Rs. 421.47 crore for the 12 HRIDAY Cities have been approved. Of these, Rs 241.26 crore has been released.
"The committee are unhappy about the actual scenario with respect to the flagship programmes of the government and the trend of central funds not being utilised.
They are apprehensive that, at this pace, the realisation of almost all the above well meaning missions will remain a distant dream in reality," the report said.
PSC further noted that it is seen that in 2018-19, against a proposal of Rs. 86,099.97 crore, only Rs 41,765.13 crore was granted that is 48.50 percent whereas it was 43.73 percent in 2017-18. "The committee also failed to understand how the ministry would be able to achieve the targets with less than 50 percent of the allocation sought by them for the same.
They also feel that ,may be, the ministry have not made realistic projections or proper planning," the report added.
The Central ministry website boasted E-toilets at various places in Chennai but actual check by Splco reporters has resulted many are initiatives of state government run Chennai corporation fund and also most of them inclusive one opposite to the Saidapet Integrated Magistrate Court that is very close to Governor's Rajbahavan has been found locked since inception.
This has raised interesting questions does Modi government boasts state managed corporation funded program as its achievement under swatch bharat and smart city programmes that PSC audit does not pin point.