New Delhi: It has become a common practice for the State Chief Ministers to get unpleased with the Centre. Chief Ministers like Mamata Banerjee, Narendra Modi, Akhilesh Yadav and Nitish Kumar are unhappy with the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. It is getting difficult for Centre to take states into confidence for economic reforms. The reason for State’s annoyance lies in the Budget figures.

The Central Government has overlooked States in implementation of 18 important schemes. In last three years, Rs 3,64,901 has been allocated directly to the Panchayats or other agencies. This is considered to be prime reason behind State’s annoyance towards Centre’s game changer schemes- Direct Cash Transfer Scheme. There is trust deficit between Centre and States for new model of social development. The Financial Framework and Centre-State relations have exacerbated in both terms of UPA government. Any initiatives like Goods and Services Tax (GST), net grid of secret agencies to counter terrorism, cash transfer scheme, Food Security Bill did not get ample support from the States. The reason behind such indifference is said to be the change in ways of resource allocation to states in last ten years.

In the new ways of inclusive growth in UPA tenure, the role of states has been negated. There is no role left for states in allocations for agriculture, health, rural development, education and drinking water. Twelve Ministries and 51 programs are involved Direct Cash Transfer Scheme. States are often doubted for misuse of funds. The list of schemes overlooking states is getting bigger day by day.

However, it is also known that the states are no longer facing cash shortage with better revenue collection figures. It is also known that the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme has not been implemented effectively. With the lack of institutional framework with the Panchayats, cases of serious corruption have emerged. The schemes of Rural Development Ministry like- MNREGA, Rashtriya Gramin Aajivika Mission, Indira Awas, HRD Ministries’ Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Peyjal Yojna, Sampoorna Swachata Abhiyan are included in the list.

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