Health dept did not spend Rs 2.18 cr given under NHRM in 2014-15: Audit

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2016 15:33 IST
The civil surgeon office in Jalandhar. (HT File )

Already under scanner for not utilising Rs 51.6 lakh for welfare of people in 2015-16, the health department had also not spent Rs 2.18 crore given under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Mata Kaushlaya Scheme in the 2014-15 financial year.

This came to light when the audit squad inspected the records of the district health department and submitted its report to the government.

The audit team stated that due to non-utilisation of funds, beneficiaries were deprived of benefits as funds were given by the government as per the demand of district.

Moreover, the team also had objected that the department failed to adjust Rs 22.6 lakh, which was shown under advances.

The report has been accessed by Hindustan Times under Right to Information Act 2005 from the civil surgeon office.

The department had got funds worth Rs 17.6 crore in 2013-14, but it managed to spend Rs 15.52 crore only out of the grant for various programmes and projects. Therefore, Rs 2.07 crore remained unspent.

The audit team has also detected serious irregularities in releasing financial assistance to beneficiaries under the Mata Kaushalya Scheme.

In this state-sponsored programme (now, the scheme does not exist), Rs 1,000 was to be given to each woman, who comes for delivery in the government hospital, irrespective of their economic status. The scheme was started to promote institutional deliveries in the state.

It wrote that as per records from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, the department recorded 11,269 deliveries in its health institutions and the amount to be distributed was Rs 1.12 crore among the beneficiaries but department gave the financial assistance of Rs 1.01 crore only thus remaining balance amount Rs 10.73 lakh was not disbursed among the women who reported in government hospitals for delivery.

The audit team pointed out that the department had an amount of Rs 1.5 crore, which was enough to cover all the beneficiaries.

The audit was conducted from July 9 to July 22, 2014, by an inspection team in the local office. It submitted its report with the civil surgeon office on August 22, 2014.

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