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Grants For Non-Million Plus Cities

Grants For Non-Million Plus Cities:

 

Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance released an amount of 1154.90 crore rupees to four states for providing grants to Urban Local Bodies.

  • The States to which grants were released are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, and Sikkim.
  • The grants released are meant for Non-Million Plus cities including Cantonment Boards.
  • The 15th Finance Commission in its report for the period from 2021-22 to 2025-26 has divided the Urban Local Bodies into two categories.
  • These are Million-Plus urban agglomerations and cities excluding Delhi and Srinagar, and all other cities and towns with less than one million population.
  • The 15th Finance Commission has recommended separate grants for them.
  • Out of the total grants recommended by the Commission for Non-Million Plus cities, 40 percent is a basic grant and the remaining 60 percent is a tied grant. Basic grants are utilized for location-specific felt needs, except for payment of salary and incurring other establishment expenditures.
  • On the other hand, tied grants for the Non-Million Plus cities are released for supporting and strengthening the delivery of basic services.
  • Out of the total tied grant, 50 percent is earmarked for ‘Sanitation Solid Waste Management and attainment of star ratings as developed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • The remaining 50 percent is tied to ‘Drinking water, rainwater harvesting and water recycling’.

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