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Centrally sponsored schemes should be so structured and financed that ...

  Dec 14, 2016

Centrally sponsored schemes should be so structured and financed that it mixes the goals of efficiency and autonomy well. What do you understand by it?

Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) are schemes that are implemented by State governments of India but are largely funded by the Central Government with a defined State Government share. Some examples of such schemes are Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. These schemes are meant to bring about national standards in conception and implementation of developmental schemes. However, there are many issues of concern:  proliferation of CSS, top down approach, provision of flexibility to States to mould schemes according to local requirements, flow of funds, accountability, involvement of PRIs etc. Restructuring of the CCSs need to address these issues.