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Odisha Govt To Strengthen PRIs & ULBs With Financial Support Of Rs 24,000 Cr

Bhubaneswar: The State Government will transfer around Rs 23,848 to Panchyati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) as per recommendations of Fifth State Finance Commission. During the High Level Monitoring Committee Meeting here today, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy shared this information and directed the panchayats and urban bodies to expedite implementation and maximize outcomes of the expenditure. He instructed ULBs to diversify their revenue base and achieve six per cent increase in annual revenue generation.

Tripathy directed to release the funds directly to Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zilla Parishads through PRIASOFT integrated with online Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) system. It was decided to transfer the funds in two tranches – First installment in the month of May-June and second installment in the month of October-November. The second installment would be released only after completion of 30 percent work taken up under the fund.

Finance Secretary reviewed the issued related to transfer of funds and made a presentation during the meeting. Development Commissioner Suresh Mohapatra asked the local self-government bodies to take up the need based projects having revenue generation potential so as to make those sustainable in the long run. Chief Secretary directed the PRIs and ULBs to submit the utilization certificates in time as per specifications of finance department.

The total fund of around Rs 23,848 crore would be transferred to these bodies over a period of six years from 2020-21 to 2025-26. Out of this fund, around Rs 7,321 crore would be under the head of devolution, Rs 9,678 crore would be under assignment of taxes, and, around Rs 6,849 crore would be provided as grant-in-aid, said Meena. “The PRIs will get a total amount of around Rs 15,715.60 crore and the ULBs will get an amount of around Rs 8,132.52 crore during this period,” he added.

The funds would be utilized for the projects like drinking water, water harvesting structures, sanitation, solid waste management, running of projects through solar power, construction of primary school buildings, maintenance of health sub-centers, Anganwadis, livestock centers, roads, culverts, creation of water bodies in urban areas, establishment of water quality testing labs, critical gap in drainage network, drainage of storm water and maintenance of other community assets for which no specific maintenance grant is available.

Among others, Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water DK Singh, Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Development G.Mathivathanan, Director Urban Administration Sangramjit Nayak and Joint Secretary Finance Elora Mohanty attended the meeting.

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