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Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan concerned about continuing development backlog

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan has expressed serious concern over the non-compliance of various state departments on his directives to remove the imbalance of development of the backward regions.

This was conveyed to the government in a fresh letter on February 15, 2014 that was tabled in the legislative assembly on Tuesday.

Over the past couple of years, the governor has noted the backlog of projects particularly in irrigation, energy and health services as well as planning in the Vidarbha, Marathwada and parts of the rest of the state.

The most recent directive from the governor's office states: "The governor has noted with serious concern that some of his earlier directives have not been fully complied with. The planning department is yet to submit the impact assessment study and report on the time and cost overruns in the backward region of various projects... It has also not carried out the exercise of classification of non-divisible items and subsequent categorization of the expenditure in the concerned regions."

Specifically on irrigation, it stated that it was expected the backlog in terms of physical terms would be liquidated as a result of enhanced allocation for the backward districts, but the physical achievement was not commensurate. It also said the rate of energizing agriculture pump sets was 'low' as compared to the backlog in March 2013.

On public health services, the governor was concerned that it was the only department with a financial backlog. From Rs1,353 crore in April 2000, there is still a backlog of Rs492 crore as of February 2014.

"The governor feels that it is a cause of serious concern as public health is the only sector where the financial backlog still exists," the governor has noted. The governor has directed the department to complete all its works in the next two years.

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