Centre Opens Cash Tap For Uttar Pradesh Rs 10K Crore Uunder Jal Jeevan…..

The fourfold increase in the drinking water mission budget to Rs 10,870 crore for Uttar Pradesh (UP) announced by the Centre on Saturday makes it the biggest allocation for any scheme for the state this fiscal year. The sharp rise has happened even though the state government was unable to spend 40 per cent of the Rs 3,348-crore purse it got in 2020-21 (FY21). It had underspent in 2019-20 as well. UP will elect a new legislature in early 2022. Usually in the Budget exercise, if a state or central government department is unable to spend the money allocated, the following year’s total is accordingly adjusted downward by the Union finance ministry.
In FY21 for instance, the state had returned around 30 per cent of its Jal Jeevan Mission. The principal thrust of the Jal Jeevan Mission is to ensure tapwater to all rural homes in India. The substantial jump in allocation to all states could mean the Centre may have to expand the budget for the Jal Shakti ministry this year. The ministry has already got Rs 50,011 crore in Budget 2021-22 (FY22) – more than a threefold jump for its Jal Jeevan Mission in FY22. The officer said each state has been assured a 4x rise. While all states were asked to present their action plan to the Centre, UP is yet to do so.

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