Saturday, March 23, 2013

CAG finds major lapses

CAG finds major lapses

20th March 2013 12:27 PM
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which undertook a district-centric audit of Thiruvananthapuram, has found that there is no system in place which has a consolidated statement of funds received and utilised annually for various schemes in the district.
 Despite State Government directions in 2007, neither an Integrated District Development Plan (IDDP) nor Local Development Plans (LDPs) for various local bodies in Thiruvananthapuram district was prepared. As a result, many district-level development issues and their scope could not be explored, the anti-corruption watchdog said in its report on General and Social Sector for the year ending March 2012.
 The CAG found that manpower and infrastructure were lacking in the community and primary health centres assessed by it. Due to lack of manpower and infrastructure, the desired healthcare services, especially delivery services, were not provided in the centres.
 Despite the intervention of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), there was migration of students from government/ aided schools to unaided English medium schools, the CAG said.
 As many as 10 water supply schemes in Thiruvananthapuram district - taken up under Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme during 2002-09 at a cost of Rs 54.55 crore - remained incomplete, the report said.
 “Inordinate delays were noticed in completion of houses under the housing schemes for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as well as sanctioning and completion of works taken up under the MP Local Area Development Scheme,” the report said.
 Akshaya project of e-literacy in the district was conceived without a proper study and requirement analysis, resulting in blocking up of funds to the tune of Rs 4.84 crore out of the total available fund of Rs 4.90 crore, the CAG report said.

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