Naxal hit districts spends 47 pc of allocated funds under IAP

New Delhi: Sixty naxal hit districts across nine states have spent 47 per cent of funds allocated under the Integrated Action Plan for providing basic facilities like roads and power in these areas in the last 10 months.

These districts were given Rs 1,500 crore in December last year as first tranche of the over Rs 13,000 crore package spread over four years.

"Against the release of Rs 1,500 crore last fiscal, the expenditure level has already reached Rs 702.60 crore which works out to be 47 per cent of the allocated funds," Plan panel Member Secretary Sudha Pillai told reporters here.

The funds were placed at the disposal of an empowered committee headed by District Collectors to carry out works in the naxal hit areas.

Under the scheme each district gets Rs 25 crore per annum. So far, around 66,500 works worth Rs 2,732.58 crore have been taken up by district authorities, out of which 17,106 projects are complete.

The government has already approved the 71,574 works under the scheme out of which 49,966 projects are at various stages of implementation.

Pillai today had the 10th review meeting through a video conference organised by NIC which witnessed the Centre assuring the District Collectors that no road block would be allowed in the way of development plan.

During the interaction, the District Collectors were of the view that no major obstacle except natural calamity were hampering the progress though some of them were keen to take further clarifications on solar lamp schemes and bamboo rights of tribals.