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Odisha Gets Rural Grants

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has received 333.8 crore as First Installment of Untied Grant from Centre for its rural local bodies.

In view of COVID-19 Advance Grant has been issued by the Centre which will be helpful for the Rural Bodies during COVID Pandemic.

The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, has released an amount of Rs. 8,923.8 crore to 25 States including Odisha for providing grants to the Rural Local Bodies (RLBs).

The grants are meant for all the three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions – Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti and Zilla Parishad.

The amount released is the first installment of the ‘Untied Grants’ for the year 2021-22.

It may be utilized by the RLBs, among other things, for various prevention and mitigation measures needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, it will augment resources to the three tiers of Panchayats for fighting the contagion.

As per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, the first installment of untied grants was to be released to the States in June, 2021.

However, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation and at the recommendation of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the Ministry of Finance has decided to release the grant in advance of the normal schedule.

Moreover, the 15th Finance Commission had imposed certain conditions for release of untied grants.

The conditions include online availability of accounts of a certain percentage of Rural Local Bodies in the public domain.

But taking into consideration the prevailing circumstances, this condition has been waived for release of the first installment of untied grants.