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Fail, with ?distinction?!

IT IS all in all a poor report card. Senior IAS officers, who went to stay at villages in 70 districts on December 13-14 last year, have given a big thumbs down to various government schemes? implementation and quality of governance in the rural areas.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 01:26 IST

Babus report pathetic rural governance senario

IT IS all in all a poor report card.

Senior IAS officers, who went to stay at villages in 70 districts on December 13-14 last year, have given a big thumbs down to various government schemes’ implementation and quality of governance in the rural areas.

A report card of the districts on a scale of 1 to 10 would show that more than half of them have got negative marks from the officers. A close scrutiny of their reports indicates that situation at the ground level is far from satisfactory with district officers caring two hoots for various government schemes.

As per the reports, resentment prevails among people in at least 22 districts over poor condition of roads. There is widecsale resentment among farmers in 44 districts over the Government’s failure to supply water till tail end of the canals.

A dismal scenario prevails in the power sector as well. Officers have pointed out that at least seven districts are getting less than five-hour supply. About 37 districts are getting less than two-hour power supply during peak hours while 31 districts are getting power supply lesser than specified in the roster.

A grim scenario also prevails on line losses front. About 41 districts have shown more than 25 per cent line losses. Highest figures of line losses have been reported from Banda. As Ghaziabad has reported zero per cent losses, the official report has raised doubts over the authenticity of report.

A negligible progress vis-à-vis targets has been reported from most of districts in respect to situation on rural electrification front. Lucknow figures on the list of districts where more than permissible number of tube wells (10 per cent) remained out of order due to electrical fault.

Yet Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav appeared in a jovial mood as he asked officers to go on a second night out trip to villages before March 15, 2006. As senior officers of a number of departments accepted that laxities have been found in departments under their supervision.

Another startling revelation that the officers have made in their reports is that projects were being delayed not because of lack of funds but due to the laxity of officials. None of the nine schemes being implemented by PAXFED has been found to be meeting high quality standards. Out of 377 projects inspected by the IAS officers, the quality of 12 per cent has been found poor while officers did not make any comments about the quality of 8 per cent projects. Out of 75 projects of the P WD that came under review, the quality of 18 per cent projects has been found to be poor.

Significantly, a piquant situation prevails on the functioning of public distribution system. In the reports serious irregularities in the distribution of PDS shops and kerosene oil have been reported from 13 districts, including Lucknow, Unnao, Kanpur Dehat, Lalitpur, Shahjahanpur, Rampur, Pratapgarh, Gautambudhanagar, Faizabad, Etawah, Mirzapur, Ambedkarnagar and Sravasti. A complaint of non-availability of kerosene oil and its high price has been reported from Unnao. At the same time complaints that those living below poverty line were not getting BPL cards has also been reported from some districts.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 01:26 IST