“Under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram, nearly Rs. 4,500 crore is lying idle”

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New Delhi – According to officials, the states have “unused” funds under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) of the Ministry of Minority Affairs totaling roughly Rs 4,500 crore. It is not possible for the Centre to make further cash under the plan accessible to the state governments until they spend these monies and submit “utilisation certificates,” they claimed.

According to the officials, after the Ministry of Minority Affairs consulted with the states, more than 58,000 “units” under infrastructure projects that were sanctioned as part of the PMJVK from 2008 to 2018–2019 and those the states claimed were unviable have been annulled or cancelled.

According to the sources, during the UPA’s nine years in office, approximately Rs 12,000 crore was spent on the welfare of minorities, compared to Rs 31,000 crore during the Narendra Modi administration.

Under the PMJVK, a centrally-sponsored initiative for area development, basic facilities and community infrastructure are being built in the designated regions. The infrastructure that is developed as part of the plan is for the benefit of everyone who resides in the area.

With effect from May 2018, the programme was reorganised and put into place as the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK).

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