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FinMin to ‘review’ 70 key Govt welfare schemes next month

Finance Ministry will next month review financial and operational performance of about major 70 schemes, like mid-day meal, bank recapitalisation and rural employment guarantee scheme, and has sought expenditure details from the concerned ministries and departments.
'To decide about the sectoral projections it has been decided that major programme of government will be reviewed...
Meetings under the Chairmanship of Finance Secretary will be held in July, 2013...,' the ministry said in a circular.

The review is being done for fiscal 2013-14 as government would be tabling 'Medium Term Expenditure Framework' (MTEF) statement in Parliament in the forthcoming monsoon session. The Medium Term Expenditure Frameworkstatement to be laid will be consistent with the medium term fiscal policy framework laid in the Budget session, the circular added.

Medium Term Expenditure Frameworkwill lay down the expenditure commitments for various sectors over a three-year rolling framework.
Some of the other major schemes which are to be reviewed, include Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, equity infusion in Air India, Haj subsidy, e-governance projects, modernisation of State police forces and Sarava Shiksha Abhiyan.

The circular said that outlays for major programmes are one of the key determinants in the medium-term expenditure projections of the Government.
Normally, it said, major programmes are designed and implemented to achieve a major public policy objective and any change in the scope or implementation modalities of the programme can have major impact on public finances.

'It is, therefore, essential that any medium term view of expenditure commitment of the Government factors in the expected changes in the programme implementation or new expenditure commitments arising out of fresh programmes,' it said.

Through Finance Act 2012-13, amendments were made to the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003 and it was decided that Central Government would lay the MTEF statement in Parliament in the Session immediately following the session of Parliament.
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