Funds for malnutrition scheme under-utilised: knowledge

Funds launched below the Poshan Abhiyan Programme, which is geared toward curbing malnutrition within the nation, stand severely under-utilised, in accordance with knowledge launched by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry on Wednesday.

The knowledge, tabled by WCD Minister Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha, exhibits that out of Rs 5,31,279.08 lakh launched for Poshan Abhiyan within the nation from Central funds, solely Rs 2,98,555.92 lakh has been utilised.

The knowledge present that of Rs 26,751.08 lakh launched to West Bengal till March 2021, no cash has been utilised up to now. Similarly, of Rs 56,968.96 lakh launched by the Centre to Uttar Pradesh, the state has utilised solely Rs 19,219.28 lakh in the identical interval, in accordance with
the info.

Madhya Pradesh has spent Rs 19,219.28 lakh out of Rs 39,398.53 lakh launched to it since 2019, and Rajasthan has spent lower than 50 p.c of funds allotted to it. Out of the 36 states and UTs for which the ministry has launched knowledge, no state or UT has fully used its funds for Poshan Abhiyan.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, led by Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, has raised the difficulty of under-utilisation of funds launched by the ministry below varied schemes in its 333rd Report on Action Taken by the Government on the Observations/Recommendations contained within the 326th Report on the Demand for Grants of the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, which was tabled in each Houses in March this yr.

After a gathering held on November 26, the House panel mentioned that the ministry has “left out” causes for under-utilisation of funds for
schemes like Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Andolan.

“The Committee recommends that the Ministry ought to look into this matter severely and train monetary prudence and use the allotted funds optimally and judiciously and in addition present the state-wise checklist for under-utilisation of funds together with causes,’’the committee has mentioned in its report, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. “Unless the utilization of funds on its key schemes goes up, the allocation has little that means.’’

The committee has said that the WCD Ministry has not furnished info on how anganwadi centres and employees, the point of interest of implementation of ICDS and supplementary vitamin, are being monitored on the “grassroots stage’’.