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Team Sarbanda forms panel to revisit schemes

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, June 9: As the new BJP-led government scrambles to cope with the over Rs 10,000 crore liabilities it inherited from its predecessor, the Fince department has formed a committee to review ongoing schemes and curb wasteful expenditure.

The three-member committee, headed by Additiol Chief Secretary KV Eapen, has been asked to revisit all schemes and programmes implemented by various departments in order to “eble the State government to re-allocate and properly use the scarce resources for innovative and productive schemes which will stimulate maximum growth, bring equitable development and create employment for the youths.”

The committee will hold extensive consultations with all departments and review each and every scheme, before identifying which schemes should be weeded out and which should be retained.

The committee will also prepare a list of schemes which are “devoid of specific outcomes/goals and which can lead to wasteful expenditure.”

According to a notification issued by the Additiol Chief Secretary (Fince), the committee will also “estimate and recommend the actual amount of resources that can be made available by undertaking a similar exercise for 2016-17, as State Gross Budgetary Support, along with the other available sources of funds such as BARD-RIDF, Exterlly Aided Projects, Open Market Borrowings etc.”

The committee has been given three weeks time to submit its report.

The findings of the committee are likely to be reflected in the maiden budget of the BJP-led government that is expected to be announced in July-August.

The committee will submit another report by August 31 recommending possible new institutiol mechanisms for re-orientation of the roles and responsibilities of the Fince department and Planning & Development department for more realistic planning and budgeting in the post-Planning Commission era starting from 2017-18.

The vote on accounts passed by the previous Tarun Gogoi government is effective till September 30.