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RLB: Centre releases Rs.62.50 cr for Nagaland

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, JAN 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/27/2021 12:08:48 PM IST

Centre on Wednesday released Rs. 62.50 crore for Nagaland out of Rs 12,351.5 crore released to 18 states for providing grants to the rural local bodies (RLBs). This amount is the second instalment of basic grants released in the financial year 2020-21, the Finance ministry stated.

The grants to RLBs were released as per the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission to create community assets and improve the financial viability of the rural local bodies.

The 15th FC has recommended two types of grants basic and tied-to the RLBs. Basic grants are untied and can be used by the local bodies for location-specific felt needs except for salary or other establishment expenditure. The tied grants can be used for the basic services of (a) sanitation and maintenance of open defecation free (ODF) status and (b) supply of drinking water, rainwater harvesting and water recycling. “The grants are meant to ensure additional funds to RLBs over and above the funds allocated by the Centre and the State for sanitation and drinking water under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes like Swachh Bharat and Jal Jeevan Mission,” it said.

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