Ministry of Panchayati Raj
The scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) implemented during the period 2018-19 to 2021-22 was a demand driven in nature and involved multi-dimensional activities. Funds were sanctioned on the basis of annual plan proposals of States as approved by the Central Empowered Committee of RGSA. Releases were normally made in two installments, the first installment being 50% of the sanctioned amount after deducting the unspent balance available with State at the time of release. The quantum of release of funds was also dependson unspent balance of previous releases, availability of funds with Ministry, deficit in matching share, compliance of the directions received from Ministry of Finance and physical-financial progress reports furnished etc. The States which had high unspent balances and had not providedrequisite utilization certificates etc were not eligible for receiving full amounts, thus resulting in the gap between sanctioned and released amounts.
The scheme of RGSA has now been revamped on 13.04.2022 for implementation from 01.04.2022 to 31.03.2026. States/Union Territories has now been submitting their Annual Action Plan (AAP) under the revamped RGSA for consideration and approval of Plan by Central Empowered Committee meeting for release of fund.
This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.