A parliamentary panel has expressed concern over utilisation of funds allocated to Department of Telecom (DoT) for 2014-15 financial year for undertaking various schemes. Also Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850Mbps
A Standing Committee report tabled in Parliament today said DoT was allocated Rs 11,037 crore under plan for 2014-15, which include Rs 3,702 crore under capital plan, the actual utilisation up to September 2014 has been only Rs 1,209.15 crore, which is just 10.95 per cent of the total allocation made at BE (budget estimates). The panel said it is more ‘disgusting’ to note that utilisation under Capital plan during the same period is just Rs 2.24 crore out of the total allocation of Rs 3,702 crore. “In the opinion of the committee, this is a matter of serious concern which warrants urgent attention of the Department,” the panel said. Also Read - Let our firms take part in 5G trials, China tells India
The panel said for 2014-15, DoT has been allocated an amount of Rs 11,037 crore, which is Rs 2,237 crore more than the allocation made at BE under plan during the previous year. In 2013-14, Rs 8,800 crore were allocated under plan at BE stage which was reduced to Rs 6,650 crore at RE (revised estimates) stage. The panel said increase in plan allocation is mainly because of the Cabinet approval of Rs 460 crore for revival of ITI, finalization of tender for laying 57,000 km of optic fibre by BSNL and issue of purchase order for Rs 8,678.70 crore and provision of Rs 3,537 crore under USOF. Also Read - DoT permits telecom service providers to go ahead with 5G trials
The committee recommended that suitable corrective measures need to be taken by the Department to see that funds are spent prudently to achieve the milestones set for the plan year.