Governor keeps them out of the purview of his directives of equitable distribution of funds to enable the State to allocate adequate funds for these projects on priority

Mumbai : Governor K Sankaranarayanan has kept five inter-state projects and the Gosikhurd national project out of the purview of his directives of equitable distribution of funds to erase the backlog in the irrigation sector, reports PTI.

This has been mentioned in the latest Governor directives regarding equitable distribution of funds for 2014-2015 tabled in the legislative Assembly today.

It would enable the state government to allocate adequate funds for these projects on priority.  As per the provision in the Constitution, the state Governor has the special responsibility to ensure equitable distribution of development funds to all the regions of the state.

The Governor lamented that some of his previous directives have not been fully complied with. According to him, the Planning Department has not carried out the exercise of classification of non-divisible items and subsequent categorisation of expenditure in the regions concerned.

The Governor has directed the Chief Secretary to review the compliance of the current as well as the previous directives regularly and address policy issues at the level of the state government.

The overall allocation available for Water Resources Department in the annual plan of 2014-15 is Rs 9,281.04 crore. The proposed allocation of inter-state projects is Rs 100 crore and for the Gosikhurd project it is Rs 875 crore.

On the recommendation of the state government, the Governor has kept the five inter-state projects and the Gosikhurd project out of the purview of his directives to enable the government to allocate adequate funds for the same on priority.

The Governor, keeping in view the balance cost of the ongoing projects and to ensure that the available funds are not spread thinly on them, had directed the government to prioritise them and not take up new ones so that the projects nearing completion are completed in a time-bound manner and their benefits reach the farmers. The state government, while assuring prioritisation of projects, had requested the Governor to allow taking up of new projects upto 600 ha capacity to extend the irrigation benefits to larger areas in the state and also to meet the drinking water requirements of the surrounding areas. However, the number of projects and their estimated cost has not been indicated by the government, the Governor said.

The Governor is of the view that it may not be desirable to consider the proposal without these details as it may impose unspecified liability on the already strained resources.

The Governor has therefore directed the government to indicate the liability that would be created if this proposal is considered.

The Governor has asked the Water Resources Department to prepare a detailed report of each project. He has also said that the selection of new projects should be strictly as per the proposal of the state cabinet.

Work on no new project should be started till the government is able to make adequate additional resources available to complete these new projects within a period of three years, without affecting the availability of funds for the ongoing projects.

The Governor has also directed that after preparing detailed project reports, a comprehensive plan, including the availability of additional resources should be submitted for his consideration. The Governor has directed that the Water Resources Department should submit list of projects on shelf latest by October 2014 and work on these projects should not be started without making additional resources available.

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