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NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel has requested the labour ministry to look into the explanations for not having the ability to guarantee optimum utilisation of funds made obtainable throughout the coronavirus-induced pandemic. The report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour on the Demands for Grants for 2021-22 was tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The panel mentioned although the ministry’s expenditure for the present fiscal was bumped up on account of the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), the federal government might solely spend about 52.eight% of the funds until February 15.
The report additionally mentioned two new schemes, the PMGKY and Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY) have been launched with the intention to cater to the wants of individuals throughout the pandemic and emphasised that the ministry should make “accurate budgetary estimates” earlier than searching for supplementary allocations.
“The scheme sensible evaluation of utilisation of funds for 2020-21 (as much as February 18, 2021) revealed that the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS) and PMGKY are the one schemes which recorded expenditure to the extent of 100% and 109.62%, respectively vis-a- vis RE whereas for many different schemes, the share of utilisation has been to the extent of 70-80%,” the report mentioned.
In case of the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) and Social Security Schemes for Tea Plantation Workers in Assam, utilisation recorded was as little as 24.52% and 30% respectively.
The committee additionally pointed to the federal government’s failure to satisfy bodily targets of key schemes just like the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhaan Yojana (PMSYM) the place towards a goal of enrolling 2 crore new beneficiaries, just one.18 lakh have been enlisted. The National Pension Scheme for Traders, Shopkeepers and Self-Employed Persons scheme suffered equally, with solely 6,213 beneficiaries enlisted towards a goal of 50 lakh.

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