MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)
IN THE MINISTRY OF DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION
(SHRI BHARATSINH SOLANKI )
a) All rural habitations of Bihar are included in the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).
b) No. Sir. Under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) funds are allocated to States
as per approved criteria. Rural population is one of the criteria for allocation of funds to States under
National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). Under NRDWP guidelines the criteria for fund
allocation to the States is as follows: 40% weightage is given to total rural population of the State,
10% weightage to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe rural population of the State, 40% weightage
is given to Rural areas under Desert Development Programme, Drought Prone Areas Programme, Hill
Area Development Programme and Special category Hill States in the States and 10% weightage is for
Rural population managing rural drinking water supply schemes weighted by Management Devolution
Index.We have not received any assessment from the State Government of Bihar.
c) Does not arise.
d) Yes Sir.
e) The details of expenditure of Bihar for the last three years are as follows.
Amount in Crore
Year Opening Allocation Release Expenditure Percentage of
2010-11 578.10 341.46 170.73 425.91 56.88
2011-12 322.92 374.98 330.02 367.30 56.25
2012-13 285.65 484.24 224.30 293.09 57.47
The reasons for State not being able to spend the amounts released to them may be attributed to delays
in procurement processes, taking up multi-village schemes that require 2-3 years for completion, imposition
of model conduct code due to declaration of elections/bye elections etc.
The Ministry has decided that in the year 2013-14, the full first installment of NRDWP allocation to the State
shall be released only after the State utilizes the excess unspent balance as on 01.04.2013. The Ministry has
also been writing to the States including Bihar, to expedite the expenditure of the unspent balances available
with them under the programme. The Ministry monitors the progress of implementation of NRDWP through the
financial reports provided by the States on the online IMIS. The Ministry also monitors the proper utilization of
funds by reviewing the programme periodically by conducting conferences of the State Secretaries in charge
of rural water supply, regional review meetings, video conferences etc. Senior officers/Programme officers /
Technical officers of the Ministry visit the States to see the progress of implementation of the programme.
Details of funds released is Bihar, the funds utilized by the state and the un-spent balance with the state,
under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), during last three years is as under:
Rs. In lakh
Yea Opening Release Tota Exp. % Utilization Unspent
Balance during Available During against Balance
year Funds year available
2010-11 9373.95 11259.76 20633.71 12421.48 60.20 8212.22
2011-12 8212.23 17219.09 25431.32 16761.44 65.91 8669.88
2012-13 8669.88 47814.55 56484.43 22012.58 38.97 34471.85
The reasons for high unspent balance are:
# Slow progress in implementation due to changes in the Guidelines for the rural sanitation programme,
bringing about convergence with MGNREGS for additional assistance.
# Low demand in rural areas.
# Inadequate capacity building at grass root levels.
# Lack of institutional structure.
# Existence of revolving fund which remains with the State as balance.