New Delhi, Feb 2, 2012: Nineteen districts of Odisha are covered under the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF). The annual allocations of Development Grant for these districts were Rs.305.67 crore for the financial years 2007-08 to 2010-11. From the year 2011-12, the annual allocation has been enhanced to Rs.320.96 crore.
In the years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 various districts were unable to claim their entire allocation due to less utilization of funds. During the current financial year, 1st instalment of Development Grant has been released to all the districts except Deogarh district which is pending due to non submission of the requisite documents. Proposals for release of the 2nd instalment have been received from only 12 districts.
The State’s annual entitlement for Capacity Building grant is Rs.19 crores @ Rs.1 crore per district. Upto the year 2010-11 the State was released Rs.42.27 crores for Capacity Building. No grants were released during 2010-11 under the Capacity Building component due to high unspent balance with the State. During the current year, Rs.0.19 crore only has been released so far for Capacity Building. The details of the entitlement, funds released and utilization reported by the State Governmment. (Source: Press Information Bureau)