May 31, 2012

Kerala Cabinet approves 5-Year Plan for LSGLs

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kerala Cabinet today approved five-year plans for fund utilisation in local bodies in the state. Briefing mediapersons on cabinet decisions here, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the Government has approved a recommendation to implement five-year plans for Three-Tire Panchayths from 12th plan onwards.

A Technical Advisory Group will be dissolved to ease the work flow and also to avoid the delay in implementing the projects.

Technical officers should submit the project report for approval from senior officers.

An appellate authority comprising District Collector, District Panchayath President, District Planning Officer, LSG Deputy Director and Urban Affairs Officer will be formed to take care of complaints and shortcomings and to ensure that the projects are completed in a time bound manner.

The DPC should approve the projects submitted by LSGs within 20 days based on the detailed project report and the project will be implemented by local bodies itself.

A liberal attitude will be adopted for utilization of funds and there will be no sectoral division for the same.

An amount not less than 45 per cent, 50 per cent and 55 per cent of the total plan fund will be utilized by Block Panchayaths, District Panchayaths and Corporations, respectively for infrastructure development.

The rest of the fund can be utilized for the purposes.

However, an amount not less than 10 per cent of the total fund should be utilized for the physically challenged and senior citizens.

Statuesque will be maintained for the fund utilisation for SC/STs. 

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