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55 pc kids in State malnourished: CAG

THE COMPTROLLER and Auditor General (CAG) of India found more than 55 per cent of children in the State malnourished in the year 2004-05.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2006 17:24 IST

THE COMPTROLLER and Auditor General (CAG) of India found more than 55 per cent of children in the State malnourished in the year 2004-05.

In its harsh comment on the working of Woman and Child Welfare Department, the CAG report (civil) for the year 2004-05 stated, “The Impact of implementation of Integrated Child Development Services was marginal on health and nutritional status of children, as more than 55 per cent of the children were malnourished in the State.”

It further stated, “Due to inadequate budget provision for nutrition and delay in release of funds to district offices, 52 to 62 per cent children and 46 to 59 per cent expectant and nursing mothers in the State were deprived of the nutritional support.

Instances of procurement of substandard nutritional food and non-observance of prescribed procedure in procurement were also noticed. Large number of posts remaining vacant and improper manpower planning affected the implementation and monitoring of scheme in field adversely.”

Besides, the CAG found several irregularities in transaction of the State Government in the year 2004-05. The report (civil) says audit of financial transactions in various departments of the government and their field functionaries revealed instances of losses of wasteful spending of Rs 32.44 crore.

The report said that as against the total appropriation of Rs 43732.16 crore, the actual expenditure during 2004-05 was Rs 34475.66 crore resulting in saving of Rs 9256.50 crore. Thus supplementary provision of Rs 437.18 crore obtained in 50 cases during the year proved unnecessary.

In 19 cases, the entire budget provision of Rs 1 crore and above in each case aggregating to Rs 135.15 crore provided under various Central schemes remained unutilised. In 46 schemes, there were substantial savings of Rs 5 crore or more and also over 80 per cent of the provision in each case, totaling Rs 371.98 crore.

In a remark on the government’s expenditure, the report said the expenditure exceeded the budget provision during the year in 15 grants/appropriations, by Rs 83.67 crore. Such excesses aggregating to Rs 5004.17 crore pertaining to the years 1993-94 to 2003-04 had not been regularised (August 2005).

In adverse comment on the government’s functioning the report said adequate infrastructure facilities and staff were not provided to Consumer Protection Forum. Action plan/policy for creating awareness among consumers were not framed. Regular district forums were not established in 21 districts and in 3 new districts.

The report said the PWD was to utilise mandi funds for repair and maintenance of 323 State roads of different categories with length of 5839.95 km for completion by the end of March 2003 at an estimated cost of Rs 648.97 crore.

However, only 230 roads with length of 4876.90 km were completed after incurring an expenditure of Rs 568.90 crore up to
March 2005.

On internal control system (ICS) in the Medical Education Department the report said an evaluation of system revealed ineffective and deficient control system in the department.

“The government continued to incur huge expenditure on the working of colleges that have been transferred to societies though the revenue earned by them on account of service charges, student fee amounting to Rs 56.68 crore was being retained by societies.”

The report pointed out several other irregularities in the system.

MPSIDC scam finds echo in CAG report
THE MADHYA Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (MPSIDC) scam which led to the departure of the then chief secretary Vijay Singh from his office on the government’s giving clean chit to an official a few months back, found echo in the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report (commercial) for the year ended March 31, 2005. 

The report said, “Placemen of inter-corporate loans by Madhya Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation Limited (MPSIDC) without obtaining approval from government, security from borrower and verifying financial position coupled with its failure to take action for recovery, resulted in loss of Rs 187.44 crore besides locking up of Rs 93.13 crore with consequential interest of Rs 45.16 crore.”

The report said that during 2000-04 the company parked Rs 339.98 crore in 33 industrial units which were in default of Rs 702.39 crore including interest of Rs 410.71 crore as on March 31, 2004.