The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has rapped the Punjab government for utilising a "paltry" sum from the total allocation for creating awareness against drug abuse.
In its latest report on social, general and economic factors, the government auditor came hard on the state department for social security and women's and child development for "failing to give due importance to what has become a serious problem in the state".
The CAG found that of Rs 4.14 crore released in 2010 for Awareness against Drug Abuse Scheme, the state social security department had spent only Rs 98 lakh (24%) till 2014. The scheme was formulated in 2005 with a view to creating public awareness against drug abuse through the electronic and print media; counselling in school and colleges; and theme camps in villages, blocks and districts.
The department could organise only 41 theme camps against a target of 260; only 52 TV campaigns against a target of 410; and only 418 radio campaigns against a target of 2,031, in the four years since 2010, the report has said, adding that no money was spent in the year 2009-10.
The social security department had blamed it on the finance department, saying it had not released the required amount.