Nearly Rs 890 crore of funds are lying unutilised in the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in the Single Nodal Agency (SNA) account as on December 1, even as the state is reeling under deep financial distress.
According to documents accessed by the Imphal Free Press, the new SNA model of PFMS enables the Government of India to monitor utilisation of funds for CSS, including the amount of time in which the funds remain unutilised.
The state government has received indications that the Government of India may require refund of CSS funds which remain unutilised for two-three months, reports say.
Among the departments handling CSS with major chunks of unutilised bank balance in SNA account, mentioned may be made of Health, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RDPR), Minorities, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED), and Municipal Administration Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD).
In the Health sector, Rs 177 crore are remaining unutilised for Human Resources for Health and Medical Education.
Besides this, Rs 13.23 crore for RCH and Health System Strengthening, National Health Programme and National Urban Health Mission and additional Rs 15.83 crore for National Ayush Mission.
In the rural development sector, a total of Rs 153.65 crore remains unused for various schemes like MNREGA (Rs 67.30 crore), National Rural Livelihood Mission (Rs. 47.12 crore), PMGSY (Rs. 50 lacs), SPMRM (Rs 9.39 crore), PMAY-R (Rs 26.40 crore) and RGSA (Rs. 2.94 crore).
With regard to minorities, a sum of Rs 147.77 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakaram (PMJVK) remains unutilised.
In PHED, a total of Rs 98.44 crore under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and the National Rural Driking Water Mission remains to be utilised in the SNA account.
In Social Welfare, a sum of Rs 18.45 crore remains in the balance for various schemes.
Under the circumstances, the state Finance department has written to all administrative heads of various departments to promptly utilise the funds released to the SNA accounts so that further instalments are received from GOI and the development of the state is not hampered by poor utilisation of CSS funds.