Finance Minister P Chidambaram may have praised the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) for having spent their entire allocation for 2012-13 but the CAG thinks otherwise. In its report tabled in the Parliament on Tuesday,the CAG has pointed out many irregularities in the way ICDS money was spent. The report is for the period from 2006-07 to 2010-11.
The report says that of the 13 states,five have diverted Rs 57.82 crore to schemes not included under ICDS. Haryana,for example,has diverted Rs 38.6 crore between 2006 and 2011 to the Ladli scheme and to buy new centres for Anganwadis.
In Uttar Pradesh during 2008-09,Rs 1 crore received for Information,Education and Communication (IEC) activities was diverted to state-sponsored Mahamaya Garib Balika Ashirwad Yojana for publicity,printing of pamphlets and application forms. Another Rs 70.11 crore of ICDS funds in various states was parked in civil deposits,personal ledger and bank accounts.
The audit report pulled up the Ministry of Women and Child Development saying registers for grants-in-aid for the period 2006-11 were not properly maintained. It also faced flak for poor monitoring of the scheme. The auditor in its report noted that the ministry did not even have the data on eligible beneficiaries of pre-school education making it impossible to ascertain the extent of its coverage.