April 6, 2022
Mausam Noor’s Special Mention on the delay in the dispersal of funds to Bengal by the Union govt
Sir, the West Bengal Government has not received any money out of the Central funds since December 26, 2021, in exception to the rule that MGNREGA funds should be disbursed after 15 days of work. Rs. 1,613.61 crore against eight crore mandays have not been released by the Centre under the MGNREGA. Bengal is currently rated second in the country in terms of mandays created under the 100-day job scheme, and first in terms of workforce strength.
Until 7th March, 33,94,59,146 mandays had been created in the current fiscal year. In terms of workforce strength, the State stands first in the country, having managed to employ a total of 1,07,98,452 workers under this scheme
throughout this time. Moreover, the Union Government has given approval of Rs. 645 crore in connection with Mission Nirmal Bangla, but no money has been released till date in the financial year 2021-22. Similarly, 38.95 lakh families were determined eligible after 56.86 families were registered under the Bangla Abas Yojana. However, Bengal did not receive the sanction, despite the fact that 23 other States did.There is an urgent need to address the delays in disbursal of funds to the Bengal Government. In the past as well, there have been delays in clearing the dues of the State Government by the Union Government. It is, therefore, imperative that the Union Government takes cognizance of the situation and immediately disburses the dues owed to the State