India: Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction - Designing and Capacity Building for Strengthening State Finances and Service Delivery in West Bengal (Subproject 21)

Sovereign Project | 43166-206

Summary

On 31 August 2009, ADB approved the provision of a Cluster Technical Assistance (C-TA 0003-IND) for the Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction in an aggregate amount not exceeding $14 million equivalent to the Government of India. Total corpus was augmented by $8 million on 4 October 2011 through a major change of scope. This is financed on a grant basis by the Government of the United Kingdom through the Department for International Development (DFID) and administered by ADB.

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Project Name Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction - Designing and Capacity Building for Strengthening State Finances and Service Delivery in West Bengal (Subproject 21)
Project Number 43166-206
Country India
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description On 31 August 2009, ADB approved the provision of a Cluster Technical Assistance (C-TA 0003-IND) for the Advanced Project Preparedness for Poverty Reduction in an aggregate amount not exceeding $14 million equivalent to the Government of India. Total corpus was augmented by $8 million on 4 October 2011 through a major change of scope. This is financed on a grant basis by the Government of the United Kingdom through the Department for International Development (DFID) and administered by ADB.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Improved state's finances consistent with targets under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act and strengthened service delivery
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Measures to improve state's finances and strengthen service delivery are formulated.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Detailed public expenditures assessment

2. Background study on revenue mobilization

3. Background study on improving service delivery

4. Capacity development needs assessment

5. Efficient project management

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Finance Department of the GoWB would be the executing agency of the proposed SFSDW. The principal secretary, finance would be the focal point for matters pertaining to the processing of SFSDW. A project steering committee (PSC), to be chaired by the principal secretary, finance will be established and will have representatives from the finance department, the taxation department, the school education department, the health and family welfare department, the social welfare department, the public health engineering department, and the public sector undertakings. The steering committee may invite other parties to attend its meetings, if necessary, to achieve specific C-TA subproject objectives. The committee, which will meet at least once every quarter, will be mandated to (i) monitor and guide the implementation of the C-TA subproject, (ii) resolve issues that might arise in its execution and implementation, and (iii) review consultants' reports. Whenever possible, ADB will attend the steering committee meetings. The PSC will continue to function in the lead up to program approval and beyond.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Consulting services required for the C-TA subproject include 14 person-months of national consultants and 2 person-months of international consultant. The consultants are expected to spend at least 60% of the time in the field. The Single Source Selection (SSS) method will be used to recruit PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd as the proposed assignment is a natural continuation of TA 4370-IND: West Bengal Development Finance performed by the firm (para. 36, PAI 2.02). The proposed C-TA subproject will follow the same technical and theoretical approaches of TA 4370-IND: West Bengal Development Finance while updating the relevant sections on strengthening tax administration, rationalizing public expenditure, and improving debt management. The skills, knowledge base, and acquaintance with the Government officials in West Bengal developed by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd during preparation of the TA 4370 report will be needed in preparing the proposed C-TA subproject report in a timely manner. The findings of the C-TA subproject will be presented in a workshop in Kolkata scheduled in March 2012. The C-TA subproject is expected to be implemented over 6 months, from January 2012 to July 2012. Disbursement under the C-TA subproject will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time).

Information about ADB's TAs to India and the executing agency and the availability of staff resources is provided in Attachment 2.

Responsible ADB Officer Hiranya Mukhopadhyay
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Finance Department- Government of West BengalFinance Department, Government of West
Bengal, Writers' Building,
Kolkata 7000001, India
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 17 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 17 Dec 2011

TA 8041-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Dec 2011 - 17 Dec 2011 31 Jul 2012 30 Oct 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 17 Dec 2011 216,590.00

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