Centre released grant of Rs. 12,351 crores for Rural Local Bodies

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Finance has released an amount of Rs. 12,351.5 crores to 18 States for providing grants to the Rural Local Bodies (RLBs).

This amount is the second instalment of basic grants released in the financial year 2020-21.

With this instalment, the total amount grant released for the financial year has reached Rs. 45,738 crores, the Ministry release stated.

The grant has been released to 18 States who have provided the Utilisation Certificate for the first instalment and on the recommendation of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

The grants to RLBs are released as per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission to create community assets and improve financial viability of the RLBs.

The grants are provided to all the three tiers of Panchayati Raj –  Village, Block and District to enable pooling of resources across villages and blocks.

The States are required to transfer the grants to the RLBs within 10 working days of receipt from the Union Government.  Any delay beyond 10 working days requires the State Governments to release the grants with interest, the Ministry has clarified.

State-wise amount of Rural Local Bodies Grants released in 2020-21: Andhra Pradesh-3137.03, Arunachal Pradesh-418.80, Assam-802.00, Bihar-3763.50, Chhattisgarh- 1090.50, Goa-37.50, Gujarat-2396.25, Haryana-948.00,Himachal Pradesh-321.75, Jharkhand-1266.75, Karnataka-2412.75, Kerala-1221.00, Madhya Pradesh-2988.00, Maharashtra-4370.25, Manipur-88.50, Meghalaya-91.00, Mizoram-46.50, Nagaland-62.50, Odisha-1693.50, Punjab-2233.91, Rajasthan-1931.00, Sikkim-31.50, Tamil Nadu-1803.50, Telangana-1385.25, Tripura-143.25, Uttar Pradesh-7314.00, Uttarakhand-430.50, West Bengal-3309.00 (figures in crores).