More funds for Project Tiger: Montek

Bhopal: Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Monday said that the panel would earmark more funds for the `Project Tiger`, specially for relocating people from the reserved forests.

"If there is a need to relocate people for implementing Project Tiger, more funds will be earmarked for it as shifting habitation requires lot of funds," Ahluwalia told a press conference after the Eighth convocation of the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM).

To a question on huge corruption in implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) he said that the Centre had no effective mechanism to check it and whenever the Planning Commission received any complaint on the issue, it was brought to the notice of the concerned ministry.

Referring to the allegation of Centre blocking funds under different schemes due to the states, he said that many a times second instalment of funds were not released due to procedural delays like delay in getting utilisation certificate and denied that the Centre had ever blocked funds meant for the states.