CAG faults State's Gramodyoga Yojana

In a report, the CAG has pointed out the absence of a perspective plan for development, and the selection of villages under the scheme.

The report was tabled in both the Houses of the Legislature on Monday. The report stated that in the year, the government allocated Rs 1000.60 crore for the scheme, while the total amount released was only Rs 458.84 crore. It said the scheme did not achieve desired progress due to delays in getting approvals for action plans.

Moreover, there was no monitoring mechanism for the scheme. It also took objection to preparation of development plans without conducting grama sabhas.

Failure to submit

The CAG said that as many as 14 Zilla Panchayats in the State failed to submit detailed accounts of Rs 4.64 crore drawn on abstract contingent bills. In addition, 397 cases of misappropriation (involving Rs 24.27 crore) were pending in various stages.

With respect to rural road works, the CAG said that the disregard to specification of rural roads manual resulted in substandard works worth Rs 98.80 lakh.

Central aid unused

Making its remarks on implementation of projects in the Bellary Zilla Panchayat, the CAG said that Central assistance of Rs 6.15 crore was not used because of tardy implementation of the project.

The report said that the objective of providing education to children in the age group of 6-14 was not achieved in the district. It cited the large number of unfilled vacancies in schools and lack of proper infrastructure as reasons for poor performance.

The report said that establishment of primary health centres in the district was not in conformity with the fixed norms.

The rural population in the district was denied health care facilities, as a large number of posts remain vacant. The district spent Rs 4.29 crore on establishment of social forestry division.

However, the total area brought under the green cover was only 37 hectares in the five years (2003-08).

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