29 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: The BJD today blamed the Centre for the State government’s failure to submit utilization certificates (UCs) for grants given to various bodies as pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report tabled in the Odisha Assembly on Thursday.
Ruling BJD’s senior leader and Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick blamed the Centre for its delay in releasing allotment of grants to the State government which resulted in the latter's failure to utilize the grants and submit UCs thereto.
Mallick accused the Centre of delay in releasing installment of grants which often results in non-utilization of grants and failure to submit UCs.
"When is the Central government releasing allotments? How can somebody spend the money when it is given just before 15 days? If the Central government provides the first installment in November and the second installment in March first week and seeks UC in the third week how can one give the UC?” Mallick asked.
“Should the State government then give false certificates? Odisha government doesn't have the habit of providing a false certificate (UC). How can one give a UC within one month after getting the allotment?" she further asked.
Earlier in the day, the Opposition slammed the Odisha government over its failure to submit utilization certificates (UCs) for grants given to various bodies as pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report.
"The real fact is that they are unable to submit UCs. For years together even in the Home department Rs 53 crore has not been utilized. On the other hand, they repeatedly complain about the Centre. Now they have stopped using the term 'Centre's step-motherly attitude' the reason being the Central government has provided Rs 20,000 crore grant to Odisha in 100 days," said Bishnu Charan Sethi, Deputy Leader of Opposition of Odisha Legislative Assembly and senior BJP leader here today.
Senior Congress leader Tara Prasad Bahinipati also criticized the State government for its failure to utilize grants and instead crib over Centre's neglect.
"When UPA government was at the Centre, the State used to get huge grants and the State government failed to provide UCs. The State government used to say Centre's neglect. Now too it has come to fore that they are unable to furnish UCs. In reality, they are unable to spend the allocation. Now it is December, they have only utilized 37%. When are they going to spend the money? They are required to submit UCs by March 20, at best they can spend another 10-20%," said Bahinipati.