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No new sanction for Meghalaya PWD
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Dec. 2008 12:51 AM IST
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Meghalaya Finance Minister Conrad K Sangma today said that the government would not sanction any more new scheme in the Public Works Department (PWD) to overcome the pending contractors' bills amounting to Rs. 601 crores. Talking to reporters, Sangma said that the PWD was overburdened with pending contractors' bills as the previous Congress led MDA government had committed 'mistake" that led to accumulation of whopping Rs. 601 crores as BoS against the budget outlay of Rs. 176 crores. "In 2005-2006 alone, the previous government had sanctioned around 1011 projects that cost Rs. 456.88 crores against the budget outlay of Rs. 76.05 crores," the Finance Minister said. He said that the number of projects sanctioned by the previous government was not in conformity with the BoS, adding that the BoS is about three times the budget but as mistake were continuously committed by the previous government the BoS stood seven times the budget. To overcome the huge backlog of payment, Sangma said government would not sanction any more new scheme. "It is the most difficult decision but the government had to take a hard decision to over come the financial crisis in the PWD," he said. The Finance Minister informed that in 2005-2006 the BoS was already Rs.311.44 crores before the new projects were sanctioned. With the sanctioning of the new projects, the BoS increased to Rs. 768.32 crores. Sangma said as there were delays in payment of contractors' bills, there have been resentment from the contractors thinking that the present government was not interested in making payment. He, however, made it clear that the government wanted to make the payment but the mess created by the previous government has made the task difficult for the incumbent government.

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