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CAG to audit schemes in Naxal areas

India’s audit watchdog, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), will conduct inspection of 69,000 works carried out under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in 60 naxal districts.

delhi Updated: May 26, 2011 00:09 IST
Chetan Chauhan

India’s audit watchdog, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), will conduct inspection of 69,000 works carried out under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) in 60 naxal districts.

The Planning Commission, which has been monitoring the work under IAP, has decided to ask CAG to conduct a special audit of the scheme launched from January 2011 to remove development deficit in the worst naxal affected zones in India.

“The idea is to get a realistic picture of how the district administration has carried out the work,” said a senior plan panel official.

The commission has released Rs 1,500 crore to district magistrates of these districts, Rs 30 crore for each district, for carrying out small development works, for which money has not been provided in regular schemes.

A district level committee headed by district collector decides the works on which the money should be spent. The funds have been allocated for construction of roads, providing drinking water facility to the villages and creating educational and health infrastructure.

Panel’s member secretary Sudha Pillai in a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the implementation of IAP was in full swing and more than 69,000 works have already commenced. Of them, about 35 % of the works have already been completed.

The plan has a dedicated website where the district administration is required to regularly upload the work being done. Photographs of 3,500 works have been uploaded, she said, in her letter.

The panel has also decided that the CAG’s audit reports will also be shared with the Home Ministry for providing them a feedback on any deficiency detected and for ways to improve them.

The Union Cabinet in last November had approved Rs 3,500 for IAP to be spent till end of March 2012. After that, the plan panel will review the scheme and decide on how to expand it in other tribal areas.