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Social schemes not reaching beneficiaries in the State: CAG

The poor implementation of social schemes in the State have resulted in wasteful government expenditure and limited access to beneficiaries, the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found.

According to the report, the poorly implemented schemes include the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojna (RGJAY) and the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. The report has found serious lapses in the implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), which promised to deliver piped water to Zilla Parishads.

As many as 7,141 schemes implemented by the Zilla Parishads were found to be non-functional as of March 2017. The report said that the State government had spent ₹444 crore on 89 regional rural water supply schemes under NRDWP, which were non-functional. The main reasons for dysfunctional schemes were found to be non-payment of electricity dues, drying of water source, and pending repairs. The CAG noted, “The schemes being non-functional not only resulted in a waste of public resources but also deprived beneficiaries of intended benefits.”

In the RGJAY, the CAG found that the government had obtained data of a large number of ration cards holders but failed to gather details such as their name and card number. This meant that the authenticity of the beneficiaries covered under the scheme could not be verified in the audit. Several benefits were also extended to insurance companies. As against the premium of ₹3,001 crore paid to the insurance company to cover 9.35 crore beneficiaries, settlement claims for a meagre ₹11.89 lakh were received as on 2016.

The report said, “This was due to absence of wide publicity to the scheme, shortfalls in conducting health camps and non-appointment of Arogyamitras at primary health centres. The benefits were not commensurate to the expenditure incurred on the premium paid to the insurer.”

The lapses in the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana were also highlighted in the report. It found that no analysis of existing facilities and future requirements in the tertiary care was carried out in the plans to upgrade government medical colleges in Mumbai and Nagpur. In the two facilities, equipment worth ₹9.17 crore were not installed.

The report said, “There were instances of enormous delays, non-execution of civil works and non-procurement and non-installation of equipment for want of space.”


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