Bundelkhand package extended by 3
JHANSI: The special Bundelkhand package announced by the
Central government has been extended till 2017. This was announced by JS Samra,
CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), the nodal agency created under the
Planning Commission to release funds for Bundelkhand.
The Rs 7,266 crore special package was announced by the
Planning Commission in 2009 for three years.
Samra, who is here to monitor the progress under the package
in Jhansi and Lalitpur, expressed displeasure over the slow work progress. He
also announced the release of Rs 1,400 crore for the financial year 2013-14
under the package. Out of this, UP will get Rs 690.25 crore while Madhya Pradesh
will get Rs 527.57 crore. He added that till date they have received
confirmation for completion of works worth Rs 179 crore out of Rs 1,005 crore
allocated. This amounts to only 18% of the total allocated fund. Samra though
admitted that Rs 320 crore sanctioned for the construction of Mandi could not be
utilized due to non-availability of suitable land.
Courtesy: The Times of India