Only 54 out of 170 projects completed in Nagaland: CAG

Only 54 out of 170 projects completed in Nagaland: CAG

Kohima, February 17: The Government of Nagaland managed to complete only 54 projects out of the 170 sanctioned by the North Eastern Council (NEC) in 5 years.
This was revealed in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on Economic Sector of the Government of Nagaland (GoN) for the year ended March 31, 2018, a copy of which was tabled in the just concluded State Assembly by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who also holds finance portfolio.
The CAG report stated that performance audit on implementation of NEC funded projects in the State during 2013-18 revealed that projects were selected from the “Annual Priority List” with the objective towards attaining balanced socio-economic development in the State.
The basis for prioritization of the projects and reasons for inclusion or non-inclusion of project proposals in the State Annual Priority List were not available on record, it said.
During 2013-18, out of the total 170 projects implemented in the State, only 54 projects (32%) could be completed by March 2018, it said.
The CAG pointed that ten projects were closed on “as is where is” basis due to inordinate delay in completion of the projects while 106 projects were incomplete or ongoing.
In the case of 34 projects test-checked, only 13 projects could be completed which included six projects completed within the stipulated time, it said.
Four projects were closed by NEC due to delay in completion beyond three years and eight out of 17 ongoing projects remained incomplete after expiry of three months to six years from the stipulated date of completion.
There were instances of short releases of States’ matching share, submission of incorrect Utilization Certificates and diversion of Rs 13.19 crore towards payment of work charged, consultancy charges, departmental charges, procurement of vehicle, the CAG remarked.
The implementing departments made payment of Rs 44.29 crore to the contractors without actual execution of works in eight projects and excess payment of Rs 22.50 crore against six projects by inflating the rates of the materials and equipment.
Health care
The CAG also exposed that none of the NEC funded private hospitals provided health care services to the BPL patients free of cost and at subsidized rate to economically weaker sections (EWS) of the society.
Examination of records revealed that out of the eight projects test-checked under Health & Family Welfare Department, six projects were taken up in private sector with the total approved cost of Rs 70.72 crore shared on 90:10 basis, it said.
NEC had released Rs 37.96 crore while the State Government also released its matching share of Rs 4.21 crore which was reported as fully utilized and four of the six projects were completed.
Joint inspection conducted in July-August 2018 of all the four completed projects revealed that the hospitals funded by NEC implemented certain provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement such as procurement of medical equipment and infrastructure development, the CAG said.
However, it pointed that none of the hospitals provided health care services to the BPL category of patients free of cost and at subsidized rate to EWS of the society.
Monitoring mechanism was poor as monitoring committees at various levels were not even constituted, the CAG stated while recommending the Government to review the MoA, define the term EWS and ensure delivery of health care services to the BPL/EWS category of patients. (Page News Service)