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Agriculture Ministry returned ‘unutilised’ Rs 44,000 crore in 3 years

15 March 2023, New Delhi: The Agriculture Ministry’s Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, which couldn’t use its budget entirely over the previous three years, returned Rs. 44,015.81 crore. In a report presented to the Lok Sabha on Monday, the Parliamentary Standing Committee stated that the reason for the funds’ surrender was mostly due to lower requirements under the NES (Northeastern States), SCSP (Schedule Caste Sub-Plan), and Tribal Area Sub-Plan (TASP) Components.

In order to ensure that the tangible advantages of the schemes are effectively distributed to the populace, the Committee advised against the practise of fund surrender. The Committee requested that the department analyse the factors that contribute to fund surrender and take action to make sure that the money is used effectively and completely.

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