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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT
LOK SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO: 212
ANSWERED ON:  03.12.2019
Allocation under PMGSY, RIDF and MGNREGA
Raju Bista
Will the Minister of



RURAL DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-


(a) the details of fund allocated under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) related schemes in the districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and North Dinajpur from 2014 till date;

(b) the details of utilization of funds under these schemes;

(c) whether any CAG audit on the use of funds allocated under these schemes has ever been conducted; and

(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?



ANSWER
MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT
(SHRI NARENDRA SINGH TOMAR)

(a) to (d): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.

Statement referred to in reply to parts (a) to (d) of Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 212 due for answer on 03.12.2019

(a) to (b): The details of fund allocated and utilized under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) related schemes in the districts of undivided Darjeeling (including Kalimpong) and North Dinajpur from 2014 till date are as under:-PMGSY

(Rs. in crore)

Name of the District Funds allocated Fund utilized

Darjeeling 714.28 525.10

Uttar Dinajpur 267.98 199.89

RIDF

(Rs. in crore)

Name of the District Funds allocated Fund utilized

Darjeeling 333.36 240.93

Uttar Dinajpur 293.27 188.76

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is a demand driven wage employment programme. The Ministry releases funds to the States/UTs based on the agreed to Labour Budget, opening balance, pending liabilities of the previous year for the financial year, if any, and overall performance. Fund release to the States/UTs is a continuous process and Central Government is committed to making funds available keeping in view the demand for work. Hence no allocation has been made to States. The details of approved Labour Budget, Person days Generated and Expenditure incurred in the districts of undivided Darjeeling and North Dinajpur since 2014 till date are as under:-

Name of the District Approved Labour Person days Expenditure
Budget in crore created in crore in crore*

Darjeeling 4.26 3.41 1101.21

Uttar Dinajpur 2.71 3.18 800.36
*including State Share

(c) to (d): The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India is a Constitutional body created under Article 148 of the Constitution, which audits all receipts and expenditure of the Government of India and the State Governments, including those of bodies and authorities substantially financed by the Government. The Schedule, etc. of the Audit is decided by the CAG independently. However, as reported by the State Government of West Bengal, Performance Audit 2015 of PMGSY in Uttar Dinajpur District was conducted from 7.9.2015 to 01.10.2015. Observations in the Audit Report on the use of funds allocated in Uttar Dinajpur District under PMGSY Scheme are under examination. Further, the State Government has intimated that RIDF Audit of Panchayat & Rural Development Department by the Accountant General, West Bengal is underway in Darjeeling District. With regard to MGNREGA, CAG Audit has been done at State Level regularly. However, no CAG audit has been conducted in these Districts.

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