By Jayajit Dash
Eleven out of 40 administrative departments in Odisha have failed to meet the Plan and Non-Plan expenditure target of 30 per cent in the April-September period of this fiscal.
Cash Management System (CMS) introduced by the finance department in 2010-11 mandates at least 30 per cent spending by all departments by the end of September. The system aims at curbing rush of expenditure towards the fag end of any fiscal.
The departments that have fallen short of the mandated expenditure level in April-September period include home (23.89 per cent), Odisha Legislative Assembly (24.25 per cent), food supplies & consumer welfare (17.49 per cent), housing & urban development (28.92 per cent), excise (29.58 per cent), rural development (29.28 per cent), energy (20.44 per cent), textiles & handicrafts (29.06 per cent), information technology (0.46 per cent) and employment and technical education & training (24.71 per cent). “No supplementary provisions will be provided to the departments whose spending is below 30 per cent,” said a finance department official.
Overall expenditure by all departments till September end stood at 36.76 per cent. Against a total Plan and Non-Plan provision of Rs 52,755.15 crore, actual spending has been Rs 19,392.52 crore.
While the administrative departments are free to enhance spending in the first three quarters, they are required to cap the expenditure at 40 per cent in the last quarter and 15 per cent in the last month (March) as per CMS.