A Parliamentary standing committee recently pulled up the textile ministry for spending just 39% of the outlay approved for the entire 12th Plan period (2012-17) in the first three years, and sought a “concrete plan” of expenditure for the next two years.
Against the approved outlay of Rs 25,931 crore for the whole of the current Plan period, the cumulative expenditure from 2012-13 through 2014-15 was just R10,109.41 crore, according to the report by the standing committee, headed by BJP MP Virendra Kumar.
The expenditure in the first three years of the current Plan period is only 25% of the outlay of R40,203.19 crore the textile ministry had demanded for the entire Plan period.
The committee sought to know why the ministry hasn’t been able to spend the allocated amount and asked if it would be able to utilise the remaining 63% of the approved outlay in just two years. The ministry has blamed the “step-wise procedures and time-lag in the implementation of schemes” from concept stage to in-principle approvals to consultations with states, among others, for the delay. It said it had been able to firm up all the major schemes after due procedure at the end of the third year of the current Plan and expenditure has been accelerated since 2014-15.
“All efforts will be made to sustain this accelerated momentum into 2015-16 and 2016-17,” the ministry had said.
When the committee wished to be apprised of “the concrete plan of action” to “optimally utilise” the Plan outlay in the next two years, the ministry said: “Weekly monitoring is being done by the secretary (textile) in the presence of all senior officers, which has led to higher expenditure under most schemes.”
The ministry also said for the schemes which require proposals from states, regular interactions with chief secretaries of theose states are being done. States have also been told to expedite fund transfer to the implementing agencies for various schemes, among other things.