The state water sources division’s demand for increased allocation within the 2021-22 Finances to expedite incomplete tasks is more likely to take a backseat as the continued pandemic and lockdown result in income shortfall.
The water sources division has pitched for Rs 15,234-crore Finances which is a rise of Rs 5,234 crore in comparison with the final one. Nevertheless, contemplating the funds shortfall, the finance division might agree for an extra allocation between Rs 2,558 crore and Rs 3,000 crore, officers indicated. The Finances allocation for the water sources division in 2019-20 was Rs 10, 235 crore. The division feels the Finances after a yr must be raised to Rs 15,000 crore, contemplating the requirement of giant funds to finish the continued tasks.
A senior official within the water sources division advised The Indian Express, “The allocation index for the water sources division has by no means crossed 50 per cent in any single Finances. Successive governments have all the time given an increase between 15 and 25 per cent to the division.”
Water Sources Minister Jayant Patil acknowledged the challenges earlier than the division to finish the continued tasks. Final yr, the federal government didn’t provoke any new large irrigation venture. The unfinished works would require large funds, Patil added.
In accordance with the official statistics shared by the water sources ministry, “Throughout Maharashtra, there are a complete of 313 small, medium and enormous irrigation tasks. The funds required to finish these tasks is over Rs 1 lakh crore.”
The record doesn’t embody the 26 irrigation tasks, value Rs 28,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore, undertaken by the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchan Yojna and particular grant for tasks in 14 drought-hit districts.
The finance division has requested the water sources division to accommodate the monetary allocations for tasks that need to be taken up within the subsequent monetary yr with increased precedence to these the place round 80 per cent work has already been carried out. This may guarantee higher fund administration, sources stated.
Earlier this month, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar stated there can be a shortfall of Rs 1 lakh crore within the 2021-22 Finances.
The statuses of the continued tasks, together with funds requirement, are as follows: In Vidarbha, there are 123 tasks for which Rs 43,560 crore is required; within the Marathwada area, there are 55 tasks value Rs 16,385 crore; and there are 135 tasks in remainder of the state that require Rs 49,445 crore.