Matching Grant Scheme:- With a view to give incentive to take up development projects in rural and urban areas, the scheme of Matching Grant was introduced in 1979-80. This scheme is executed under specific rules for projects, namely, school buildings, veterinary dispensaries, hospitals, recreation centres, mahila mandal bhawans, harijan and backward chaupals and other development works through Panchayat/ Panchayat Samitis, PWD (B&R) and Local Committees. The Matching Grant Scheme has been introduced to abridge the gap and enables the people to seek financial help equal to the amount raised by them as public contribution except in the case of girl’s school, girl’s colleges & hostels in the State, where the amount of grant is twice that of the contribution. This scheme has encouraged people’s participation. The rural people themselves identify the projects and raise their public contribution and are associated throughout the implementation of the project. This scheme has evoked a big response from the people and every year there is an increase in the demand of this grant.
Under this scheme, an amount of Rs. 27.00 crores had been approved for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017). An outlay of Rs. 2.50 crores had been provided during the year 2016-17, out of which Rs.1.43 crores were released. In the year 2017-18, an amount of Rs.75.00 lakhs was sanctioned in the revised budget, out of which Rs.16.00 lakhs was released. A budget provision of Rs. 2.00 crores was made for the year 2018-19, out of which an amount of Rs. 59 lakhs was released. During the year 2019-20, against the sanctioned budget of Rs 1.20 crores an amount of Rs. 73.50 lakhs was released. A budget provision of Rs 1.50 crores has been made for the year 2020-21, out of which an amount of Rs. 27 lakhs have been released.