(News) Bundelkhand Package Extended by 3 Years

Bundelkhand package extended by 3 years

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.

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Courtesy: The Times of India