‘State lagging behind in development due to high outstanding UC’IMPHAL | Sep 15
While presenting the total outstanding utilisation certificates (UC) of government of Manipur from 2008-09 to 2017-18 as Rs. 6077.96 Crore, social researcher, Serto Tondana Kom appealed the authority concerned to send the UC in time to bring fast pace development in the State.
He declared this based on report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India on state finance for the year 2016, 2017 and 2017.
In a press conference held today at Manipur Press Club, Serto said that the most of the departments did not submit UC in time and it is one of main reasons why the State remains under-developed till date. He stated that the state government has been launching various developmental and welfare schemes such as “Go to Hill”, “Go to Village, “School Fagathansi” etc. But on contrary to it, the State government is unable to submit UC of almost 38 departments.
“Not being able to send UC implies that the state government is unable to perform their task as per the amount allocated by central government. So what is the point of launching various schemes if they could not use the amount earmarked for the State?” he questioned.
While stating about the first three ranking of 38 departments that has the highest pending UCs, he said that though state government always expressed of developing hilly and rural areas, the department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has the highest number of outstanding UCs with the amount of 2,669.41 crore from 2008-09 to 2017-18.
Whereas development of Tribal Affairs and Hills is placed in second highest position with value of 1,228.18 crore and department of Education (S) in third with the total amount of Rs. 513.4 crore, he added.
While informing about UCs pendency from March 2016 to September 2018, he said that there were 5160 UC aggregating Rs. 3,964.78 crore in arrears in respect to grants given to 34 departments as of March 2016. As of July 2017, there were 4,789 UC with total amount of Rs. 4,18.26 crore granted to 37 department whereas the State has the 4,706 outstanding UC with total worth of Rs. 6,077.96 crore for 38 department till September 30, 2018.
He further said that the central leaders will never trust the state government if such pathetic conditions continue for a longer period. It is the high time for the state government to review and revise the condition, he said.
“It is very unfortunate for the people of the State that the not a single political leaders of the State did not bring such topic in assembly for the discussion on the floor of the house,” he complained while urging the state government to draw some attention in this regard.
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