Only 9 states eligible for performance grants of ULBs

moneyOnly nine of 29 States in the country were found eligible for release of performance grants of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) during 2014-15.

“As per the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission, these nine states were released performance grant of Rs. 457.91 crore,” Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation said in Rajya Sabha.

The States that received performance grant of Urban Local Bodies include: Uttar Pradesh which received a grant of Rs. 146.46 cr, Madhya Pradesh(Rs.74.11 cr), Rajasthan (Rs.59.23 cr), Andhra Pradesh (Rs. 47.76 cr), Telangana (Rs. 47.41 cr), Kerala (Rs. 36.02 cr), Haryana (Rs. 21.58 cr), Chattisgarh (Rs. 20.68 cr) and Mizoram which received a grant of Rs. 4.66 cr.

13 States met the nine essential criteria for performance grant as stipulated by the 13th Finance Commission only partially in the range of 1 to 8. These include: Karnataka, Maharashtra and Punjab which met 8 of the 9 criteria, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand (6), Assam and J&K (5), Sikkim (3), Tamil Nadu (2) and West Bengal and Goa met only one of the 9 Essential Criteria.

Seven States, which did not claim the grant, include Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha and Tripura.

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