Jharkhand government showed inflated figures in enrolment of students for the Centre's Mid-day Meal (MDM) scheme, which is implemented across the country and aimed at boosting students' attendance in primary schools and increasing their nutritional intake, CAG has said.
"The number of attendance was inflated in the Attendance Register as revealed during physical verification in 10 schools in November 2007," the latest CAG report said adding, "there was no marked improvement in attendance rate of students after MDM scheme was implemented there."
"Despite inflated reporting of enrolment of 1.91 lakh children, 12 to 34 per cent children were not covered under the scheme during 2004-08," the report said on implementation of MDM scheme in the tribal state.
Implementation of the scheme was "adversely affected" in the state, the audit authority said.
The state failed to spend over Rs 200 crore from the total budgetary allocation of over Rs 756 crore that was made to it between 2003 to 2008, the report said.
Further pointing to 627 "non-existent" Alternative and Innovative Education (AIE) and Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) centres in Jharkhand, it remarked, "The expenditure of Rs 3.01 crore on cooking cost in these schools was doubtful."
"Basic infrastructure facilities, kitchen sheds, clean drinking water, cooking and serving utensils... were lacking in schools, which adversely affected implementation of the MDM scheme there," the report added.