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CAG report reflects failure of Odisha govt in many sectors

CAG report

Bhubaneswar: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on Saturday tabled its report ending March 2016 in the state assembly with many failures of Odisha government and success in some sectors.

It stated that the state’s outstanding public debt increased from Rs 24,618 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 33,757 crore in 2015-16.

On the ICDS scheme, it has observed that 76 per cent of the Anganwadi Centres in the state had no toilet facilities. Monitoring and Supervision of the implementation of the scheme were also not adequate, it added.

Funds were not provided for the supply of medical kits to the Anganwadi Centres. As a result, the state had to forgo Central assistance of Rs 25.33 crore, it said.

As of March 2016, out of the 39.78 lakh total child population, 1.39 lakh children had not been covered under the scheme.

Similarly, out of 40.51 lakh pregnant women and nursing mothers in the state, 0.44 lakh eligible beneficiaries had remained uncovered.

The CAG pointed out that the state has only 660 fire stations in the state against a requirement of 840.

It was also not satisfied with developmental works in Maoist affected districts in Odisha. It showed that special intervention programmes in the areas of development, security and rights recognition were not implemented properly.

The CAG report observed that neonatal/paediatrics care in the government-run hospitals was not satisfactory and mentioned importance was not given to the health component of neonatal and paediatrics care.

Similarly, modernisation of judicial infrastructure in the state has not met the expectation. Adequate quarters for judicial officers were not available while citizen-centric infrastructure remained absent in existing courts, the CAG report observed.

Idle expenditure on incomplete jail building and investment in drinking water project were pointed out in the report.

However, Odisha’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) has increased by 15.6 per cent from Rs 3,09,807 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 3,32,329 crore in 2015-16.

It highlighted that the state’s revenue receipts increased by 71 per cent from Rs 40,267crore in 2011 to Rs 68,941 crore in 2015-16.

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