Goa had not received a single paisa from the Union Ministry for Tourism during 2012 for non-utilisation of sanctioned project funds and this may well be the fate in 2013 as well. Ironically, given the financial squeeze post the mining ban, the state has only itself to blame for this sorry state of affairs.
Documents accessed by Herald show that the simple reason for non release of funds by the Centre is that between 2009 and 2011 (when the Congress government was in power) the state has furnished utilization certificates for only Rs 23 crore, of the Rs 39 crore allotted, for centrally-sponsored tourism projects in the state. An amount of Rs 16 crore is still to be utilized and top officials in the Union Tourism Ministry say that unless Goa utilizes the funds and submits utilization certificates for the same, the Centre is not inclined to allot any funds to Goa.
“In fact, this amount of Rs 16 crore is due for surrender,” an official in the Goa Tourism Department admitted, adding that the Goa government has lobbied very hard with central officials to permit additional time to the state to utilize the money and furnish utilization certificates accordingly. In a representation by the Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar to the Centre, he writes: “I request the (central) ministry to grant us six to eight months time for utilizing the amount sanctioned and to furnish the utilization certificates.”
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