The State government has not followed norms for establishing residential educational institutions in the State, a performance audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on the general and social sector for the year ended March 2013 pertaining to the Karnataka Social Welfare Department, tabled in the Legislative Assembly, said here on Tuesday.

The Karnataka Residential Educational Institutions Society, set up by the government in 1999 to establish, maintain, control and manage all residential educational institutions in the State also had failed to follow norms, the report said. As a result, the number of residential schools and colleges proliferated and the government was not in a position to provide them with basic infrastructural facilities.

Significantly, as on April 2013, of the 542 residential schools and colleges in the State, 234 (43 per cent) had own buildings and the rest were either in rented or rent-free accommodations without basic facilities such as toilets and playground.

Agriculture

Though the State policy on organic farming prescribed an integrated approach to promote organic farming, the government’s approach was disaggregated as it constituted only payment of subsidy to a few persons. Payment of incentives to the beneficiaries under the Suvarna Bhoomi Yojna and procurement of inputs for sowing were delayed, defeating its objective, the report said.

Audits covering the Department of Medical Education recommended to the government to fill vacancies of doctors, paramedical and support staff in super-specialty hospitals, allocate funds for the purchase of essential equipment and put to use idle equipment.