‘Unutilised funds’ from last fiscal.
With the end of the financial year 2012-13 on Sunday, the Akhilesh Yadav government has an estimated more than Rs 1,000 crore unutilised funds of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) from last year’s budget.
Though the end of year reports of budget utilisation are yet to be compiled by the State Project Management Unit of NRHM, as per the latest figures, the state was able to utilise only Rs 2,628.48 crore of the approved budget of Rs 4,352 crore by February 28. Senior officials said that the closing figure will touch Rs 3,000 crore of expenditure.
However, officials claim that the situation is better than last year. In the year 2011-12, the state had a budget of Rs 3,000 crore, and by February 2012, the fund utilisation stood at Rs 1,463.77 crore whereas by the end of the fiscal year, it reached up to Rs 1,976.86 crore, thus leaving an unspent balance of Rs 1,023.14 crore.
The reason for the non-utilisation of funds, said officials, is the delay in the release of budget from the Centre. “The budget for the current financial year came in August 2012 and some of the sanctions for programmes came as late as January 2013,” said a senior official dealing with NRHM. “A large part of the unspent balance this year will also come under committed expenditure, which will be utilised in the next financial year for various schemes which have started this year and will be carried forward,” he added.
Because of the delay in funds, approval from the Centre, as well as crunch of human resources, loopholes in planning and resultant delay in the expenditure, various programmes under NRHM took off very late. For instance, the Bal Swasthya Guarantee Yojana.