The Central Government has asked the expenditure details of the Rs 10 crores given to Odisha Government, two years back, for the development of Puri, Ramchandi and Deuli under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme.
The Tourism Ministry has informed that the second phase of funds will be released only after the State submits the detail expenditure report. But the State Government is not able to submit the utilisation certificate (UC) as it had spent only Rs 1.5 crore till date.
The State had received Rs 10 crore in the first phase after Puri district was included in the PRASAD scheme. The money was meant for the development of Puri, Ramchandi and Deuli. But the State Government remained silent after preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) and only Rs 1.5 crore was spent.