GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Finance
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 868
ANSWERED ON MARCH 3, 2015 / 12 PHALGUNA, SAKA 1936
Rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes
868. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government is taking steps to rationalise the various and diverse Centrally Sponsored Schemes into fewer, a more concentrated, bettertargeted and outcome driven implementation plan; and
(b) the steps being taken by Government to ensure that States have more voicein how the funds of these schemes are utilized and have the flexibility toadapt to the local situation in the State?
MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE
(SHRI JAYANT SINHA)
(a): The existing Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS)/Additional Central Assistance (ACA) Schemes (137 CSS and 5 scheme based ACA schemes) havebeen restructured into 66 schemes in the Twelfth Five Year Plan.
(b): For all CSS/ACA, funds are being placed with the administrativeMinistries for transfer to the states through the Consolidated Fund of the Statesconcerned. The states have been given more flexibility to adapt to localsituations in the state by earmarking at least 10% of the outlay of each
CSS/ACA/flagship scheme as flexi-funds.