CAG tells rural development ministry to review systemic flaws in PMGSY

The CAG says ineligible habitations were covered under the rural connectivity scheme Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)


Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint
Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint

New Delhi: Suggesting social audit of the government’s flagship rural connectivity programme PMGSY, the government auditor CAG has said the rural development ministry should review the systemic flaws in the scheme.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report has disclosed instances of non-adherence to planning procedure in execution of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

“Ineligible habitations were covered under the programme while eligible habitations were either left out or incorrectly shown as connected... Execution of works was deficient as instances of inefficient contract management, non-recovery of liquidated damages and mobilisation/machinery advances were observed,” the CAG said in its performance audit of PMGSY.

The auditor said works were abandoned or remained incomplete due to incorrect alignment and land disputes.

“Ministry may review the systemic flaws in the quality control system to address deficiencies. A mechanism may be devised to fix responsibility and accountability on the erring agencies and individuals and corrective action taken. The concept of social audit may be incorporated in the programme guidelines,” the CAG said in its recommendation.

Emphasising on all-weather road connectivity, the government auditor said that the ministry may ensure that works are completed in all respects with all required connectivity.

The programme implementing authorities should be made responsible for every case of undue advantage to contractors, poor execution and delay in completion of works.

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