10 months on, Rs 590 cr allocated for Bundelkhand remains unused

In more than 10 months, the Uttar Pradesh government has submitted proposals for only Rs 100 crore under the Bundelkhand package, although the Centre had allocated Rs 690 crore for the current financial year that ends on March 31.

"Rs 100 crore was given to the state government just a month back after they submitted the proposals," said Dr JS Samra, Chief Executive Officer of National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), which is the nodal agency for implementation of the Bundelkhand package in seven districts of Bundelkhand.

Samra and Dr KS Ramachandra, NRAA's technical expert for animal husbandry and fisheries, held a review meeting with state government officials on the progress of the Bundelkhand package in Lucknow on Tuesday."

"We have not received any qualified proposals from any of the state government's departments through which the Bundelkhand package is being implemented for the remaining Rs 590 crore till now," Samra told The Indian Express.

Samra said he had sought an appointment with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to discuss the slow progress of Bundelkhand package but could not get it. "We had approached the State Planning Department officials to get an appointment with the CM but they said the meeting could not be fixed," he said.

Most of the projects under Bundelkhand package like construction of special agriculture produce marketing hubs by Mandi Parishad and canals by Irrigation Department have got delayed for years. Samra said they had been asking the government to expedite the acquisition of land for construction of agriculture produce marketing hubs but the progress is very low.

Samra said the land state government officials have identified for the construction of a mandi in Lalitpur is in litigation and they have found only about 35 acre land in Jalaun district, while the requirement is of 100 acres. Seven special mandis, each spread in about 100 acres, are to be set up in each of the seven districts in Bundelkhand region under the package.

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