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Audit report points out deficiencies in identification of beneficiaries for immediate relief and rehabilitation

  • Considerable delay pointed out in construction of housing for victims
  • Deficiency of specialised services in hospitals due to lack of infrastructure

    Puducherry: There was no comprehensive action plan on the part of the Puducherry Government to utilise the funds received from the Centre for the relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction in tsunami hit areas in Puducherry, according to the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for the Union Territory of Puducherry for the year ending March 31, 2006.

    Chief Minister N. Rangasamy tabled the report in the Assembly on Wednesday.

    The report said 33 villages in the Union Territory were damaged during the December 2004 tsunami.

    There were deficiencies in identification of beneficiaries for immediate relief and rehabilitation of the tsunami-affected people.

    Assistance for repair and replacement of fishing crafts was delayed by 4 to 17 months after the calamity.

    Considerable delay was also noticed in reconstruction activities.

    Consequently, out of 7,567 families who were to be resettled in houses constructed for them, only 100 had resettled as of November 2006.

    Monitoring of the implementation was poor, the report noted.

    The four general hospitals in the Union Territory catered to about 26 lakh patients annually.

    Review of performance of the hospitals revealed deficiency in specialised services due to lack of infrastructure and idling of equipment.

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