The state is writing cheques it can’t cash4 min read . Updated: 22 Dec 2017, 01:37 AM IST
India's poor state capacity is often blamed on inadequate government spendingbut government inability to use allocated funds is also to blame
On the 2014 general election campaign trail, Narendra Modi talked up the need to save the Ganga. It was a shrewd move given the river’s economic and cultural significance. But the Clean Ganga initiative that he launched after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) electoral victory continues to fail to deliver. A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report made public earlier this week points out that the approximately Rs2,500 crore in the Clean Ganga Fund set up by the Modi government remains unutilized. This failure points to a long-running problem in Indian governance—the inability of Union ministries and state governments to cash the cheques the Centre writes.