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Auditor Flags Slow Work Under Central Schemes In J&Ok During 2017-18

PMGSY was launched to offer connectivity by means of an “all weather road” (Representational)


The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pulled up the Jammu and Kashmir authorities for its failure to finish varied initiatives below the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) throughout 2017-18.

In its audit report on social, common, financial (non-Public Sector Undertakings) sectors for the 12 months ended March 31, 2018, the CAG mentioned towards the goal for completion of 1,067 Water Supply Schemes (WSSs) throughout 2013-18, solely 679 schemes (64 per cent) have been accomplished below the NRDWP.

“Non-completion of 388 (36 per cent) schemes impacted the process of providing potable drinking water to population of 5.67 lakh,” the report, tabled in Parliament not too long ago, mentioned.

It mentioned the year-wise shortfall in achievement of targets for offering water provide in authorities colleges throughout 2013-14 to 2016-17 ranged between 10 to 29 p.c. “Just nine anganwadi centers had been provided with the facility of drinking water during the period 2013-15 and department had not fixed any targets in this regard from 2014-15 onwards.”

Under the PMGSY, which was launched in December 2000 to offer connectivity by means of an “all weather road” to eligible unconnected habitations in rural areas, the report mentioned, out of sanctioned 1,769 highway initiatives involving highway size of 9,383.07 kms below building throughout 2013-18, solely 810 highway initiatives (46 per cent) having a highway size of 4,172.50 kms had been accomplished as of March 2018.

“The year-wise completion rate of road projects during 2013-18 ranged between 8 to 19 per cent. Due to problems in land acquisition and forest clearance 467 road projects (road length: 2,577.88 km) sanctioned prior to April 2013 for connecting 175 habitations were still incomplete as of March 2018,” the report mentioned.

The NRDWP was launched as a flagship programme for offering secure consuming water to the agricultural inhabitants on a sustainable foundation.

“There was a delay ranging between 7 and 67 days in release of funds amounting to Rs 871.87 crore received during 2014-17 by the State Finance Department to the State Water Sanitation Mission (SWSM)/Administrative Department… Scrutiny of the records of Administrative Department and six out of 14 sampled divisions revealed that the interest of Rs 1.74 crore earned during 2013-14 to 2017-18 on programme and support funds were not accounted for in the books/accounts for working out the total availability of the funds,” it mentioned.

In 14 sampled divisions, it mentioned 657 schemes estimated to price Rs 1,415.37 crore had been taken up for execution with out the accord of Administrative Approval (AA) and Technical Sanction (TS) and an expenditure of Rs 830.11 crore was incurred on these schemes.

“Water samples in respect of 30 to 48 per cent sources were only tested during 2013-14 to 2017-18. Further, against the required 7,66,326 water samples to be tested during 2013-18, only 5,60,331 (73 per cent) samples were tested, and the break-up of bacteriological examination and chemical contamination was not available separately,” it mentioned.

The report mentioned planning for implementation of the PMGSY in J-Ok was poor as District Rural Road Plan was neither ready in many of the sampled Programme Implementation Units (PIUs) nor accepted from the intermediate panchayat/District panchayat/ District Rural Development Department and State Level Standing Committee.

“Core Network did not cover all the eligible habitations, inadmissible road projects were included in the Core Network and road projects which were not in Core Network were taken up for execution. Out of total sanction of programme fund of Rs 8,892.69 crore during 2000-01 to 2017-18 (January 2018) under Phases I to XI, GoI released Rs 5,092.14 crore against which Rs 4,312.41 crore was spent, as of March 2018,” the CAG mentioned, including the closing stability on the finish of every of the monetary 12 months throughout 2015-18 ranged between Rs 128 crore to Rs 1,046 crore.

It mentioned on account of poor progress in completion of highway initiatives, stability fund of Rs 1,494.60 crore below Phases-VI, VII and IX was not launched by the federal government of India.

“Against due State share of Rs 252 crore, the State Government released Rs 155 crore during 2015-18, leaving a balance of Rs 97 crore,” it mentioned, including towards the demand of Rs 36.22 crore positioned by Jammu and Kashmir State Rural Roads Development Agency (JKSRRDA), the state authorities launched solely Rs 8.12 crore (22 per cent). “The percentage of utilisation of funds was very poor and ranged between 6 to 30 per cent, during 2013-18.”

Out of two,738 unconnected habitations as of April 2000, the report mentioned, a complete of 1,694 (62 per cent) habitations had been linked throughout 2000-2018 and 1,044 (38 per cent) habitations remained to be linked on the finish of March 2018. It added as towards goal for protection of 572 sanctioned habitations with inhabitants of 1,000 and above by the 12 months 2003, 506 habitations had been offered connectivity as of March 2018.

In 9 sampled districts, 254 highway initiatives, sanctioned at a price of Rs 1,031.35 crore on which expenditure of Rs 514.62 crore was incurred, had been allotted at a price of Rs 935.96 crore with out Administrative Approval and Technical Sanction from the competent authority, the CAG mentioned.

It mentioned no Action Taken Reports (ATRs) had been submitted by any of the PIUs in respect of 492 inspections performed by the State Quality Monitors (SQMs) throughout 2013-14 to 2017-18, whereby 159 inspections had been graded as ‘un-satisfactory’ and the remaining 333 ‘required enchancment’, whereas in eight sampled districts, ATRs in respect of 221 inspections performed had been awaited from PIUs.

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