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MLAs unhappy over pattern of sanction
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Aug 26 The allocation of sanctioned amount under the Untied Fund has gone up substantially in the last fiscal as compared to the previous one, the State government said today.

In a written reply to the Legislative Assembly, Minister for Planning and Development, Tanka Bahadur Rai, said that fund sanctioned under the head has gone up to Rs 39.99 crore in 2013-14 compared to Rs 30 crore in 2012-13.

However, there is a big variation in the fund sanctioned to various districts. While Kamrup Metro was sanctioned Rs 6.95 crore in the last fiscal, followed by Jorhat (Rs 5.05 crore) and Sonitpur (Rs 3.64 crore), no fund was sanctioned for Dhubri, while Dima Hasao got Rs 10 lakh and Kokrajhar was allocated Rs 27.3 lakh.

During raising of supplementary questions, many MLAs expressed displeasure about the pattern of sanction of the untied fund.

Gul Akhtara Begum (AIUDF) said that backward districts like Dhubri and Dima Hasao have been deprived of their dues from the fund.

She was supported by others members of the Legislative Assembly.

Jayanta Malla Baruah (Congress) alleged that the maximum sanctioned untied funds have gone to the constituencies of the Ministers and said that details of the sanctioned amount should be made available, constituency-wise.

Baruah also said that Ministers should not avail of the untied funds and the sanctioned money should instead be allotted to other MLAs.

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