New Delhi: After pointing fingers at state governments for exhibiting non-supportive attitude in implementing Central schemes, now the Centre is in the dock over the delayed implementation of development projects under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PGMSY).

The delay in allotment of money and the amendments in parameters and guidelines set for the schemes have slowed down the progress of PGMSY, resulting into increase in expenditure of the development projects under the scheme.    

The expenditure of work under PGMSY has already climbed up to 1.5 lakh crores.

The PGMSY was initiated by the Ministry of Rural Development in 2000. The goal was to provide roads to all villages with a population of 1000 persons and above by 2007, but with an amendment in guidelines of PGMCY in 2003, the population limit was reduced to 500 persons. With this, the government imposed the burden of maintenance of roads on the same agency which was hired to construct the roads.

Due to the amendments in guidelines and parameters set for PGMSY, the number of villages to be covered also increased. In a setback, the agencies involved with the projects sidelined themselves because of imposition of maintenance clause.

To date, only 69 villages have been connected.

During the launch of the scheme, a budget of Rs 60, 000 crore was made for PGMSY, but due to slow work the expenditure has already climbed at Rs 90’000 crore with incomplete status of the scheme. 

The recent amendment in guidelines of PGMSY has brought under it small villages with a population of 250 people of 60 districts spread across 7 naxal-affected states.

In order to complete the work under PGMSY, an additional amount of Rs 1.5 lakh crore would be required over the coming 5 years, sources said. 

An amount of Rs 20,000 crore has been allotted to PGMSY for the current financial year.

(JPN/Bureau)