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Local bodies utilise 87.79% Plan funds

N.J. Nair


Minus civic bodies' contribution, the figure is 98.26%

In 2008-09, the absorption rate was 82%


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Local self-government institutions in the State have registered an impressive absorption rate of 87.79 per cent of the Plan funds allocated to them in the last financial year.

According to the latest Annual Plan review of the State Planning and Economic Affairs Department, the total allocation for the civic bodies, including their own contribution of Rs.221.13 crore during 2009-10, was Rs.2,085.13 crore. Of this, the civic bodies spent Rs.1,830.58 crore till March 31, 2010. If their contribution is excluded, the utilisation level will reach 98.26 per cent. The expenditure during the corresponding period in 2008-09 was pegged 82 per cent.

The 999 grama panchayats which had the highest allocation of Rs.1,213.90 crore, utilised 1,056.03 crore, followed by the 152 block panchayats which made use of Rs.259.22 crore from the 272.64 crore allocated to them. The 14 district panchayats expended Rs.265.98 crore out of the Rs.277.33 crore at their disposal. While the 53 municipalities spent Rs.145.21 crore out of Rs.177.07 crore, the five corporations could utilise only Rs.104.13 crore from the Rs.144.17 crore sanctioned to them.

As many as 5,24,545 job cards were issued and 3,15,61,496 man-days' employment generated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme during the period.

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan aimed at providing useful and relevant elementary education to children in the age group of 6 to 14 and bridge the social, regional and gender gaps with active community participation too recorded remarkable gains. Imparting quality education is the prime goal of the project in the State.

The dropout rate has been reduced to 0.5 and the State achieved full retention level. All the children in the prescribed age group were enrolled. The levels of learning of the students from the Backward Community were improved and gap in social category groups, nullified. The project has also given a major impetus in improving the school infrastructure.

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