Centre releases Rs 333.8 crore for Odisha’s Rural Local Bodies

Bhubaneswar: The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance yesterday released an amount of Rs 8,923.8 crore to 25 states for providing grants to the Rural Local Bodies (RLBs). It includes Rs 333.8 crore for RLBs of Odisha.

The grants are meant for all the three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions – village, block and district.

The amount released on Saturday is the first instalment of the ‘Untied Grants’ for the year 2021-22. It may be utilised by the RLBs, among other things, for various prevention and mitigation measures needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, it will augment resources to the three tiers of Panchayats for fighting the contagion.

As per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, the 1st instalment of untied grants was to be released to the States in the month of June, 2021. However, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation and at the recommendation of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the Ministry of Finance has decided to release the grant in advance of the normal schedule.

Moreover, the 15th Finance Commission had imposed certain conditions for release of untied grants. The conditions include online availability of accounts of a certain percentage of Rural Local Bodies in the public domain. But taking into consideration the prevailing circumstances, this condition has been waived for release of the first instalment of untied grants.

State-wise details of 1st instalment of Rural Local Bodies untied grants released for the year 2021-22
S. No. Name of State Amount (Rs. in crore)
1 Andhra Pradesh 387.8
2 Arunachal Pradesh 34
3 Assam 237.2
4 Bihar 741.8
5 Chhattisgarh 215
6 Gujarat 472.4
7 Haryana 187
8 Himachal Pradesh 63.4
9 Jharkhand 249.8
10 Karnataka 475.4
11 Kerala 240.6
12 Madhya Pradesh 588.8
13 Maharashtra 861.4
14 Manipur 26.2
15 Mizoram 13.8
16 Odisha 333.8
17 Punjab 205.2
18 Rajasthan 570.8
19 Sikkim 6.2
20 Tamil Nadu 533.2
21 Telangana 273
22 Tripura 28.2
23 Uttar Pradesh 1441.6
24 Uttarakhand 85
25 West Bengal 652.2
Total 8923.8
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