NEW DELHI, Oct 26 - Congress Lok Sabha MP and AICC spokesman Gaurav Gogoi has called for an intervention by the Union Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti in releasing the balance Central share of vital schemes relating to flood management and erosion.
In a letter to the MoWR, Gogoi said that under the 12th Plan, the State Water Resources Department has taken up 41 flood management programmes with an estimated cost of Rs 1386 crore and a funding pattern of 70:30. The Union Government�s share was Rs 1017 crore but it released only Rs 6 crore, while the State Government, which had to release Rs 369 crore ended up releasing Rs 291 crore.
Similarly, under the 11th Plan, the State Water Resources Department had taken up 100 flood management programmes at an estimated cost of Rs 342 crore and funding pattern of 90:10. The Union Government�s share was Rs 300 crore but released Rs 86 crore and the balance amount yet to be released is Rs 222 crore. The State Government fulfilled its responsibility by releasing Rs 34 crore.