Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today informed the House that as per the recommendations of Sub Group constituted for restructuring of CSS, the number of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) has been reduced from 66 to 30.
Replying to a deferred question by Ajaz Ahmed Khan, the Minister on behalf of Minister for Planning and Development Department said that the schemes have either been merged or discontinued and now there is a basket of only 30 schemes.
The Minister said these schemes have been classified in two broad categories including core schemes which are aligned with the National Development Agenda and optional schemes.
The Minister said that in the restored CSS matrix, the BRGF which used to be operative in 7 districts of the State, has been discontinued. He said however, the Sub-Group has inter-alia, made recommendations to the Central Government that the schemes where works have been completed to the extent of 30 per cent, funding as per the existing sharing pattern could continue till March 2017.
“If the project remains incomplete even thereafter, the States would have to complete the project using their own resources,” the Minister said.