Report no. 1 of 2019 - Economic Sector, Government of Gujarat

  • Date on which Report Tabled:  11 December 2019
  • Date of sending the report to Government:  Tuesday, 15 October, 2019
  • Government Type:  State
  • State:  Gujarat
  • Sector:  Taxes and Duties
  • Report Type:  Compliance, Performance
  • Download Audit Report File:  Report no. 1 of 2019 - Economic Sector, Government of Gujarat(35.6MB)

Overview

This Report contains audit findings on one subject specific compliance audit on “Implementation of Extension, Renovation and Modernisation (ERM) of Irrigation Projects” under Narmada, Water Resources, Water Supply and Kalpsar (NWRWS&K) Department and six individual paragraphs relating to non-recovery of annual rent, maintenance and repair charges (Rs 7.35 crore), blocking of funds due to non-utilisation of grants (Rs 109.94 crore), non-recovery of annual certification charges from windfarm owners (Rs 5.62 crore), excess expenditure on star rate difference of asphalt (Rs 5.84 crore), avoidable expenditure (Rs 1.95 crore) and undue benefit to the contractor (Rs 1.18 crore). The audit paragraphs pertain to Narmada, Water Resources, Water Supply & Kalpsar (NWRWS&K) Department, Science and Technology (S&T) Department, Climate Change (CC) Department and Roads and Buildings (R&B) Department.

ERM works of the canal systems contribute in reducing the gap between the created Culturable Command Area (CCA) and its utilisation. In the Audit on “Implementation of Extension, Renovation and Modernisation (ERM) of Irrigation Projects” due to absence of project wise plans, non-preparation of Detailed Project Reports, improper planning for works and non-prioritization of the requisite works, the gap between the CCA created vis-à-vis utilised was not bridged. The Department accepted unworkable rates in tender, split up the works without obtaining approval from the competent authority and irregularly paid for excess and extra items. The pre and post monsoon inspections of the canals was not conducted and as a result damages in the canals went unnoticed. No evaluation study was conducted after completion of the works to assess the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of the ERM works undertaken by the Department.

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