By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, March 12: From the fincial year 2001-02 to 2012-13, an amount of Rs 85,99,707 lakh of the non plan budget remained unspent, the Opposition claimed today, hitting out at the “incompetence” of the Congress government in the State.
AGP legislature party leader Phani Bhusan Choudhury said the unspent amount add up to the annual budget of three fiscals for a state like Assam.
“This year’s annual budget tabled at the House makes a good reading. But if we retrospect and compare the past budgets, we get a very sorry picture which has left the common people anguished,” Choudhury said during the general discussion on the budget today.
“How can we have faith in a government that could not fulfill its budgetary announcements in the past? Can this be called an active and efficient government?” he asked.
The AGP legislator claimed that in the year 2001-02, 95 per cent of the total plan allocation was utilized. “But the utilization ratio kept sliding down and in the year 2012-13, only 69 per cent of the allocation was utilized,” Choudhury said.
The AGP MLA also flayed the Congress government for failing to improve the per capita income of the people.
“In 1950-51, the per capita income of Assam was Rs 50 more than the tiol average. However, today the per capita income of the country is around Rs 74,000 whereas that of Assam is Rs 46,354. The Congress, which has been in power for most of these years in the State, is to be blamed for this decline,” he said.
Choudhury said on February 1, 2011, just on the eve of Assembly elections, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had tabled a vote on account announcing a number of schemes. “Unfortutely, 95 per cent of the announcements remain unfulfilled till date,” he rued.