LEH, May 11: The Executive Council meeting of LAHDC held under the chairmanship of the Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Leh Gyal P. Wangyal at Council Secretariat here today approved Rs 232 crore Capex Budget 2020-21 for Leh district.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, this year annual General Council Meeting was confined to ECs meeting to approve the plan. The Deputy Commissioner/CEO LAHDC, Leh Sachin Kumar and CPO, Leh Tsewang Gyaltson also attended the meeting. All Councillors have already submitted their new schemes proposal of their respective constituencies and also HCEC and concerned ECs already verified sector wise ongoing schemes.
At the outset, the Chairman discussed the achievements and expenditure achieved during financial year 2019-20. CEC Wangyal briefed the meeting that out of total Rs 73.89 crore in revised outlay in regular schemes, a total of Rs 55.31 crore was expended in last financial year till March 2020.
Taking serious note regarding very low expenditure recorded by some key departments after demanding additional funds under revised outlay 2019-20, CEC directed concerned ECs and DC, Leh to ensure proper planning and execution of works in current financial year 2020-21 as due to COVID-19 pandemic the execution of works are already delayed.
As compare to last year capex budget of Rs 57.52 crore, this year Capex Budget approved Rs 232.43 crore which is four times more than the last year budget (400% hike). Some key sector got major jump in allocation of funds including education with 500% hike as Rs 15 crore was approved as compare to last year Rs 3 crore and health sector with hike of 440 per cent with Rs 12 crore as compare to last year Rs 2.7 crore.
After throughout discussion on all the sectors tabled in the meeting, proposals and the queries raised by the Councillors earlier, CEC approved the Capex Budget 2020-21 with certain modifications and deletions.