New Delhi: Budelkhand is not expecting any additional package from the Central government, as the latter has decided to continue with the package which was announced two years back in the 12th Five Year Plan for the most backward region.

With this step, the Centre no longer needs to allocate any additional funds for the region. But the decision will increase the political pressure on Uttar Pradesh as well as Madhya Pradesh (MP) governments.

According to sources, the Central government’s decision will put these two states in the dock if they fail to spend the funds allocated for Bundelkhand region, besides the Centre will also save itself from the obligation of sparing more funds for the region. But amidst this political tussle the ultimate loser will be the Bundelkhand, sources added.

Although proposed Planning Commission’s meeting to include Bundelkhand as part of the 12th Five Year Plan was postponed on Friday, the Centre is adamant to go ahead with its plan.

The Congress party is willing to exploit this opportunity to attack the Uttar Pradesh government.
The announcement for Bundelkhand package was made in 2009-10 when the region comprising 13 districts was facing a major drought. The Centre had then announced a package of Rs 7,266 crore; of that seven districts of Uttar Pradesh were allocated Rs 3,506 crore and Rs 3,760 crore was provided to six districts of Madhya Pradesh.

It may be noted that Rs 3,450 crore of this package was given as Central financial aid, whereas the remaining fund was added from different schemes of the Centre.

The Bundelkhand region is not able to avail the benefit of package due to political feud among Congress, BJP and BSP.

So far only Rs 1,800 crore have been spent of the package allocated to the region, and Uttar Pradesh could spend only Rs 800 crore.

JPN/Bureau