27 July : The Government has said steps have been taken to remove the lacunae in implementation of central schemes so that benefits reach the poor man for whom they are meant.
Agreeing that benefits of the central schemes do not reach the last man in the queue, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narayan Meena assured the Rajya Sabha that government has taken steps to improve the delivery mechanism.
Replying to a brief debate on the Appropriation Bill on Monday, returned by the House, he referred to the decision to appoint an Ombudsman as a measure to do away with implementation bottlenecks.
The Bill, passed by Lok Sabha, authorises payment and appropriation of certain sums from and out of consolidated fund of India for the services of the financial year 2009-10.
Meena said the government would consider suggestions of N K Singh (JD-U) regarding scrutiny of outlays, classification of government account and reforms in functioning of RBI in particular and all other banks in general.
Earlier, initiating the debate, Vikram Verma (BJP) said price rise was rampant and there was no indication that the common man will benefit from the Budget.
Shantaram Naik (Congress) said there was a “human approach” in the Budget with focus on community rather than on the corporate. He sought special category status for Goa.
Matilal Sarkar (CPI-M), Vijay Kumar Rupani (BJP), Mangla Kisan (BJD), R C Singh (CPI) and Mahendra Mohan (SP) also participated in the discussion.