Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday directed the officials to step up utilization of funds against the state's plan size of Rs. 28,000 crores for 2012-13 and monitor progress in execution of projects to ensure quality of works.

Presiding over a review meeting of the Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of various departments on status of funds earmarked for plan head in 2012-13, he expressed dissatisfaction with poor utilization of funds in the first four months of this fiscal against the ratio of plan size.

It was imperative for the officials to ensure that the funds allocated for development works under the plan head gets utilized in a time-bound manner, Kumar said.

The officials should also monitor progress of development schemes and ensure quality of works, he said, adding that he will review the expenditure under plan head in December this year again.

Earlier, the Principal Secretary (Planning and Development) Vijay Prakash briefed the Chief Minister about details of expenditure against the plan head and other achievements.


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