"With the Planning Commission no longer in existence, funds are not reaching us on time which is leading to a shortfall in achieving our targets in centrally-sponsored schemes," Rawat said here on his return from Delhi after attending the first meeting of NITI Ayog governing council.
    
Implementation level of centrally-sponsored schemes in Uttarakhand is only 35-40 per cent as against a target of 70 per cent, he said, adding the shortfall was due to funds not being allocated timely by the Centre to the state.
    
He said if the state does not receive funds from the Centre for implementation of centrally-sponsored schemes within a few weeks from now, it will not be possible to overcome the shortfall in targets set for the ongoing fiscal.
    
The Chief Minister attributed the delay in allocation of funds to the non-existence of the Planning Commission of India which was dismantled after the NDA came to power.
    
Giving details of deliberations held at the NITI Ayog meeting in Delhi, Rawat said state-specific issues like continuance of Uttarakhand's status as a special category state, a green bonus for its contribution to environment conservation efforts and lifting the ban on hydel projects were raised by him.
    
"I told the commission that in view of our unique geographic conditions, locational and historic disadvantages, our status as a special category state and funding pattern for centrally-sponsored schemes should be maintained," he said.
    
Citing Uttarakhand's "historic imbalance" in terms of airports, rail links and highways despite being a border state, Rawat said a clear-cut policy should be laid down in this regard so that it grows in the infrastructure sector.

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