Dimapur, January 8: The Peren District VDB Association has clarified that Peren District has not received any fund under grant-in-aid till date.
The PDVDBA was reacting to the claim of RD Department that grant-in-aid for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 have been released to all the blocks under Peren District along with Dimapur and Mon before Christmas.
“The claims of RD Assistant Director, Hisinle Kent and RD Director, Imlimeren Jamir that GIA Fund for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 have been released to all the blocks under Peren District along with Dimapur and Mon before Christmas is not correct. The same can be confirmed from the Project Director, DRDA Peren and the Deputy Commissioner, Peren who is the Chairman of the District VDB,” said a statement issued by Kinkeriulung, President, PDVDBA and Izwualung, Secretary, PDVDBA.
Expressing gratitude to the Department of Rural Development for the help and assistance rendered to the villages of Peren District through different schemes and informing that it had also always supported and cooperated with the Department for implementation and smooth execution of the various schemes and will continue to do so in the near future, the PDVDBA however said the delay in release of the grant-in-aid fund has gravely affected minor projects in respective villages in the district.
“Having learnt that the GIA to the VDBs was cleared by the Finance Department in the month of March 2018, we are of the opinion that the delay is unprecedented as the VDBs along with the Block Officers of the District had submitted the estimate for the GIA in the early part of 2018,” it said.
The PDVDBA also informed that apart from GIA, it had not received any amount against MGNREGA 2018-19. It urged the Department to ensure that the poorest of the poor in the State is not deprived of the little benefit which it gets as aid, and appealed to the Government and the Department in particular to ensure the timely release of funds so that the beneficiaries can make optimum use of it.
“We look forward to new and better changes from the new Government in the State,” it added. (Page News Service)