Report No.3 of 2018 - General, Social and Economic Sectors, Government of Chhattisgarh

Overview

The Report on General, Social and Economic sectors of Government of Chhattisgarh for the year ended 31 March 2017 was placed in the State Legislative Assembly on 10 January 2019. This Report contains results of the two Performance Audits (PA) on (i) National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and
(ii) implementation of National Food Security Mission (NFSM); one Compliance Audit on
(i) e-Procurement system in Chhattisgarh; and (ii) Follow-up audit of the PA on development of roads under Central Road Fund (CRF) and Minimum Needs Programme (MNP). In addition, the Report contains seven Audit paragraphs based on Compliance Audit of 35 Departments.The audit findings included in this Report have total money value of` 384.05 crore involving issues of systemic deficiencies, misappropriation, fraud, loss, wasteful/ unfruitful expenditures, avoidable extra expenditure, extension of undue favours, excess payments etc.

PA on National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)

The State suffers from shortages of human resources in critical positions in the District Hospitals (DHs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) which adversely affected the delivery of mandate of NRHM. The patients were still deprived of necessary treatments for various illnesses and diagnostic services in these health centres due to shortages of medical equipment, drugs and consumables, laboratory services, and were referred to other hospitals. The State could not create sufficient infrastructure to bridge the gaps between requirement and available health facilities The State suffered from significant shortages of essential drugs, consumables and equipment at various levels of health centers

PA on implementation of National Food Security Mission (NFSM)

National Food Security Mission (NFSM), a centrally sponsored crop development scheme that, aimed to increase the production of food grains did not achieve its goal in the State.Only four per cent farmers (1.38 lakh) who own six per cent (2.76 lakh ha) of cultivated land in the State were benefitted. The production and yield of different crops (rice, pulses and coarse cereals) remained range bound during 2012-17 and no dramatic increases attributable to NFSM could be accomplished.

Audit on e-Procurement system in Chhattisgarh

Audit found that the e-Procurement system was partially implemented in the State with only four operational modules as against eight planned modules. This of the system. The system was not transparent and has control failures which limited its effectiveness. It could not detect and prevent use of 74 common computers by bidders and Government officials in respect of 1,921 tenders valued at`4,601 crore;  use of two sets of PAN by 79 contractors/vendors; use of common e-mail ID by multiple bidders in 133 tenders valued at`225.14 crore; suppression of bid capacity of a contractor to award 11 works valued at` 23.77 crore which is a red flag to unfair tender practice and merits investigation from vigilance angle and for disciplinary action against the tender committee members for awarding such works.

Follow-up Audit of the PA on development of roads under Central Road Fund and Minimum Needs Programme

No significant improvement was noticed in the implementation and execution of road works under CRF/ MNP despite serious concerns highlighted in the Audit Report on General, Social and Economic
(Non-PSUs) Sectors for the year ended 31 March 2013.

Audit paragraphs

The seven Audit Paragraphs covered in this Report relate to various Departments and contain deficiencies like absence of compliance with rules and regulations, audit against propriety, cases of loss, wasteful/unfruitful expenditures, avoidable extra expenditure, and extension of undue favours. Significant observations include the fraudulent payment of scholarships to non-functional private schools, fraudulent payments to firm.

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