In the past 45 months since declaration of draught in the state in 2015, the government of Maharashtra has disbursed Rs 50 crores from the accumulated funds for draught relief of Rs 87 crores as informed to RTI activist Anil Galgali by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. As of now Rs 37 crores are lying unused.
Maharashtra is currently reeling with widespread draught, and since declaration as draught affected in 2015, Galgali has sought the details of funds received and spent to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Milind Kabadi, Assistant Accountant at the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund provided the details of past 45 months to Anil According to the information provided, in the 2015-16 financial year that the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund received Rs 32, 21,30, 331 whereas Rs 60,00,000 were disbursed. In 2016-17, Rs 28,53,003,74 were received and the state disbursed Rs 30,50,00,000. In the 2017-18 FY Rs 25,61,36, 826 were received and Rs 7,91,00,000 were disbursed.
From April 1, 2018, to December 2018, Rs 1,15,72,530 were received and Rs 11, 45,52,000 were disbursed by the state. Since declaration of draught Rs 87,51,42,761 were deposited into the Chief Minister’s fund towards assistance for draught affected, from which Rs 50, 50, 52,000 were disbursed. As of now Rs 37,90,761 are balance.
Chief Minister’s Secretariat failed to provide details of recipients of the amount disbursed instead informed that the funds are disbursed to district collectors as per the requisitions received from time to time. As per Galgali, large sums funds are required for eradication of draught and funds need to be sourced from various corners but equally important is for the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to upload the details of disbursements of funds for draught relief to district collectors on a website as stated in his letter to the Chief Minister.