Remote criticism on the centre, grave negligence in utilising funds – How will Kerala get flood relief? Asks Sadananda Gowda

Lashing at the CPM led Kerala government’s negligence in utilizing already sanctioned funds, Union minister Sadananda Gowda said that it is hard to get extra fund for flood relief if Chief Minister of the state continues criticizing the centre from the state’s capital. He said necessary procedures have to be followed in order to get more support from the central government.

Mr Gowda said the chief minister must send proper representation to New Delhi to apprise the PM rather than trying to raise the issue from Thiruvananthapuram itself. All necessary details on flood damages must be handed over to the centre and the extent of damages must be explained in order to receive the extra fund.

The Centre’s incentives are not being utilised by the state and ever since the Modi government came to power, the allocation to the state has increased 10 per cent. From 32 per cent it has increased to 42 per cent. However, Kerala CM and his representatives have not utilised the fund effectively,” he criticised.

As per CAG’s recent reports, Kerala has failed to utilise almost 40% of the funds available for implementation of Centrally sponsored schemes (CSS). The report tabled in the Assembly on Monday has revealed that ₹1,263.5 crore of the ₹3,162.96 crore available for various Central schemes during the year ending March 2016 had been unutilised.