Bhubaneswar: May 09: Odisha has topped the list in Rural Infrastructure Development Fund ( RIDF) performance in the fiscal year 2017-18. This was known from the High Power Meeting held under the Chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Sri R. Balakrishnan in secretariat conference hall today wherein Chief General Manager NABARD Dr Krushna Chandra Panigrahi outlined the issues for discussion. The Committee further recommended additional 14,346 number of projects estimated around Rs 10,328 cr for the year 2018-19.
. Reviewing the performances during the year 2017-18, Development Commissioner Sri Balakrishnan directed various departments to expedite raising of their claims to NABARD against the ongoing projects. He further directed to expedite submission of the DPRs of the spillover and newly sanctioned projects.
Available data show that RIDF is being implemented for completion of the ongoing and incomplete infrastructure development projects in the State. The Fund is being supported by RIDF corpus managed by NABARAD and State Government’s own contribution in almost 85:15 share basis. During the year 2017-18 a total number of 14,455 projects estimated around Rs.5514 cr were recommended under RIDF against which 2351 projects of worth Rs.2539 cr were sanctioned. Against this sanctioned amount of around 2539 cr, different departments utilized around Rs 3872 cr during the year 2017-18 from State Government budgeted funds. It may be pertinent here to mention that claims against RIDF are generally raised to NABARD by the departments after making the actual utilization at the ground level.
NABARD has disbursed around Rs.2512 cr to State Government from RIDF against the claims made by various departments during the year 2017-18 which is highest among all the States at national level. As per the figures presented by NABARD, Odisha tops the list with Rs.2512.36 cr disbursement followed by Gujarat with Rs.2062.91 cr and Rajasthan with Rs1851.39 cr disbursement.
Presently, the infrastructure development projects under RIDF are being implanted through the departments of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment (1485 nos), Water resources ( 671 nos.), Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water (175 nos), Works ( 6 nos) and Rural Development making a grand total of 2351 number of projects. So far around 60% of the projects under RIDF have been completed and balance projects are in progress.
Dy Chief General Manager, NABARD Sri Narayan Chandra Pani apprised that NABARD Regional Office , Bhubaneswar has been adorned with Best Performance Award for the year 2017-18 for diversified project lending in which RIDF is a major component.
Principal Secretary General Administration Sri Ashok Kumar Meena, Principal Secretary Water Resources Sri Pardeep Kumar Jena, Principal Secretary Agriculture Sri Sourav Garg, Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport Sri G. Srinivas, Secretary Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Sri Vishal Gagan, Additional Secretary Panchayati Raj Smt Roopa Mishra, Additional Secretary Planning & Convergence Sri Debendra Kumar Jena along with senior officers from NABARD and concerned departments participated in discussions.