GUWAHATI: Assam is yet to submit 179 UCs (Utilization Certificates) amounting to Rs 188.19 crore to the Ministry of DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) in various projects.
DoNER funds infrastructure projects in the north-eastern region. After successful execution of the projects, the nodal departments of the States concerned submit utilization certificates to the DoNER.
In Assam the nodal department for DoNER projects is Transformation and Development (T&D) which was earlier known as P&D (Planning and Development). However, the T&D department doesn't execute the DoNER-funded projects itself. Departments like PWD (Public Welfare Department), Power Department, Health and Family Welfare Department etc execute DoNER projects in Assam.
According to rules, the departments executing DoNER projects have to submit UCs after completion of projects to the T&D Department that has to forward them to the DoNER.
As per status report on March 31, 2021, DoNER released Rs 4800.29 crore to Assam against 550 projects since its inception in 2001. And Rs 592.04 crore of this amount remained unspent, leading to non-submission of utilization certificates of Rs 188.19 crore.
This is the highest amount of non-submission of UCs to the DoNER in the north-eastern States. The eight States in the Northeast together are still to submit UCs to the DoNER amounting to Rs 362.11 crore.