Govt fixes EAPs plan outlay at Rs 864 cr for 2012-13

Bhubaneswar: With above 100 per cent utilisation of funds in the 10 Extrenally Aided Projects (EAP) under different sectors during previous fiscal, the state government today fixed the annual plan outlay at Rs 864 crore for 2012-13, official sources said.

The international funding agencies like World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UK-based Department of International Development (DFID) have been funding 10 projects under health, agriculture, housing & urban development, irrigation, forestry and environment, roads, welfare of ST & SC and livelihood sectors.

However, three more projects would be aded to the existing 10 EAPs. This was decided at a meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary B K Patnaik here. "Externally Aided Projects have made a headway in the state recording an utilization of 111 per cent of plan outlay during 2011-12," Patnaik told reporters. While a plan outlay of Rs 510 crore was earmarked during the 2011-12 fiscal, the actual expenditure was Rs 564 crore which was 111 per cent, he pointed out.

The three new projects are: Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund proposed to be supported by KFW Germany, Odisha Modernizing Economy Governance & Administration to be supported by DFID and Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project proposed to be supported by World Bank.

"Theses projects are expected to come up during current financial year with a total plan outlay of around Rs 52 Cr," he said. Apart from the new projects, the 10 earlier projects will be continued during 2012-13, he said. . The major EAPs which were being implemented in the state include, Odisha Forestry Sector Development Projects (OFSDP ) with JICA support, Odisha Health Sector Plan (OHSP) with DFID support, Odisha Integrated Sanitation Improvement Project (OISIP) with JICA support.

Many of these programmes are scheduled to be completed during 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18, the chief secretary said. Such projects help improve systems and institutional arrangements as most EAPs have technical assistance component that enables the state to access larger pool of knowledge and best practices from international development community, official sources said. said.