New Delhi: The lackadaisical approach of Babudom has been nothing new and the very same attitude of the bureaucrats has been responsible for depriving clean drinking water to lakhs of villages in the country.

The lethargic red- tapism prevailing among the officials has delayed several policies of Union Government to provide safe drinking water to villages.

With the officials not providing the details of the previous expenses, the government halted the allocation of funds in the current fiscal. After the interference of Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, the first installment of Rs 5,000 crore could be released.

The rural potable water policies running in the states have been stuck due to lack of funds. In a letter written to the Chief Ministers of various states, Ramesh has asked to deal with rampant officialdom strictly. He has also asked the states to submit the expenditure details of the last two years before October 31, 2011 then only the second installment will be paid to them.

In his letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, Jairam Ramesh has said that the central allotment of Rs 345 crores for the current year 2011-12 is being released but reminding the reason for the delay, he has said that the expenditure details for the year 2008-09 and 2009-10 have not been submitted so far.

The Rural Minister has asked all the states to look into the prevailing rampant officialdom and has made it clear to submit details of all expenses regarding central fund on time.

It is to be noted, several projects for providing potable water to the villages could not take off in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and West Bengal due to delay in first allotment by the Centre.

The states had requested for the release of funds but the Rural Development Ministry had put down the request due to absence of the necessary certificates.