The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), in its report on general and social sectors for the year that ended in March 2015, has raised fingers over the alleged failure of the ruling Samajwadi Party government in implementing several major schemes in Uttar Pradesh.
The report, which was tabled in the state Assembly on Sunday, cornered the SP government for its alleged inept handling of schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, mid-day meal, procurement of paddy and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) for controlling crime, among others.
Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna
According to the report, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna was launched in December 2000 with 100 per cent funding from the Union government. During 2010-15, Rs 3557.25 crore was given to the state for its implementation. The report added that the state government did not ensure speedy execution of projects, due to which, 40 to 74 per cent of the funds remained unspent at the end of each financial year from 2010 to 2013.
It also mentioned that due to lack of coordination among various executing agencies, the construction of 502 rural roads — worth Rs 302.10 crore — proposed under PMGSY were executed by non-designated departments. This resulted in the Centre not funding the projects. Planning for the implementation of PMGSY in the state was deficient as the District Rural Road Plan was not prepared, the CAG said.
During 2010-15, against the target of construction of 1,723 new and upgradation of 1,888 roads, 978 new roads (57 per cent) were constructed and 1,209 (64 per cent) upgraded. Thus, 745 less new roads (43 per cent) were constructed and 679 (36 per cent) were not upgraded.
As many as 60 per cent of the selected works, worth Rs 143.15 crore, were declared complete without constructing drainage structures, thus defeating the primary objective of PMGSY to provide all-weather roads.
The mid-day meal (MDM) scheme was launched by the Centre in 1995. Expenditure of Rs 7226.65 crore was incurred for the scheme during 2010-15. The CAG reports stated that due to lack of proper management of funds, the unspent amount rose from Rs 336.58 crore in 2010-11 to 598.96 crore in 2014-15.
Against the Supreme Court directives to provide mid-day meals for an average 200 days in a year, 56,257 schools provided MDM for an average 102 days during 2010-15. Nearly 802 schools still remain to be covered under the scheme.
Despite the MDM scheme, enrolment of students in primary schools had decreased from 1.59 crore in 2010-11 to 1.34 crore in 2014-15. The decrease ranged between 1.55 per cent to 7.03 per cent per year.
Moreover, micronutrient supplementation was not provided to children in schools. Against an allocation of 16.95 lakh MT of foodgrain during 2010-15, the state lifted only 13.83 lakh MT, resulting in disruption of the scheme. In 10 districts where audit took place, excess payment of Rs 12.74 crore was made to transport foodgrain and Rs 3.19 crore to kotedars. As many as 21 per cent of the schools did not have kitchen-cum-stores and 42 per cent did not have LPG connections.
The ambitious CCTNS also failed to take off in the state. The CAG report stated that the project initiated during 2009-10 — with an allocation of Rs 113.78 crore — by the Centre could not be completed on time. This, even after 19 months of the schedule date of completion, which was February 2014.
Post metric fee reimbursement
Under the scheme, according to the CAG report, a reimbursement of fee of Rs 10.24 crore was claimed by students in 20,198 cases using same income, caste and high school certificates.
Uttar Pradesh Janhit Guarantee Adhiniyam
The SP government also failed in the implementation of Uttar Pradesh Janhit Guarantee Adhiniyam-2011. The services of 31 out of 93 departments under the state were not covered under the Act even after four years of its enactment.
According to the report, the regional food controller failed to achieve targets for paddy procurement during 2012-15 with the shortfall ranging between 12 and 70 per cent. As many as 96,981 MT less paddy was handed over to the central pool.
Due to lack of monitoring, customised milled rice (CMR) — worth Rs 7.23 crore — were not recovered from private millers. Also, holding charge of Rs 6.30 crore were not levied from them. Moreover, CMR of state government agencies worth Rs 16.11 crore was not delivered by millers. No effective action was taken against the defaulting millers.
The main tertiary medical care centre, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, exhibited shortage of medical and para-medical staff, adversely impacting the quality of treatment and patient care. The institute did not maintain a centralised waitlist for patients.
In agriculture, use of excess supplies and substandard hybrid seeds — procured for sale to farmers under 100 per cent subsidy schemes — led to wasteful expenditure of Rs 1.11 crore.
In basic education department, construction works of 17 KGBVs were awarded to an ineligible construction agency. Failure to monitor the project resulted in unfruitful expenditure of Rs 5.40 crore on the construction of substandard school buildings.
Non-acquisition of 1123.63 hectares required for reservoir and construction of canal system led to unfruitful expenditure of Rs 416.67 crore on the construction of Kachnaudha dam in Lalipur. Unfruitful expenditure of Rs 53.81 crore was also incurred due to inadequate planning, designing and execution of Bewar feeder project.
Construction of jail building in Sonbhadra without ensuring availability of sufficient ground water led to unfruitful expenditure of Rs 17.64 crore. A trauma care centre in Agra, established at the cost of Rs 1.89 crore under the centrally sponsored scheme, could not be made operational for the last four years as the state government has not sanctioned posts of medical officers.