Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Six States Report between 30% - 40 % Utilization of Funds Released under Multi-Sectoral Development Programme of The Ministry of Minority Affairs

INVC,, Delhi,, Six states have reported between 30- 40 percentage utilization of funds released by the Ministry of Minority Affairs under its Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) for Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs). As per the DMU- report on MsDP for MCDs for the period ending 31.8.2010, Jharkhand has reported 39.91 percentage expenditure of the amount released to it by the Ministry. The Ministry of Minority Affairs has released more than Rs. 44.29 crore to Jharkhand for its 4 MCDs under MsDP; out of which the state has reported utilization of Rs. 17.68 crore till August 2010. Bihar has reported 38.02 percentage utilization: the Ministry released more than Rs. 140.77 crore to the state for its 7 MCDs and the state has reported utilization of Rs. 53.52 crore. In case of Jammu & Kashmir, where MsDP is being implemented in a lone MCD (Leh), the Ministry of Minority Affairs has released more than Rs. 5.99 crore till August 2010 and the state has reported utilization of over Rs. 2.16 crore which amounts to 36.16 percent utilization. For Assam, which has 13 MCDs - out of which the District Plans of 11 have been approved - the Ministry of Minority Affairs has released more than Rs. 212.89 crore till August 2010 and the state has reported utilization of over Rs. 69.76 crore which amounts to 32.77percent utilization. In case of Uttarakhand, the percent utilization reported for its 2 MCDs is 31.22; whereas Haryana has reported utilization of 30.64 percent of the funds released to it for implementation of Multi-sectoral Development Programme for its 2 Minority Concentration Districts. MsDP aims at improving the socio-economic parameters of basic amenities for improving the quality of life of the people and reducing imbalances in the MCDs during the Eleventh Five Year Plan period. Identified ‘development deficits’ are made up through a district specific plan for provision of better infrastructure for school and secondary education, sanitation, pucca housing, drinking water and electricity supply, besides beneficiary oriented schemes for creating income generating activities. Absolutely critical infrastructure linkages like connecting roads, basic health infrastructure, ICDS centers, skill development and marketing facilities required for improving living conditions and income generating activities and catalyzing the growth process are also be eligible for inclusion in the plan. The focus of this programme is on rural and semi-rural areas of the identified 90 MCDs spread across 20 states/UTs.

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