HYDERABAD: Benefits to public to the tune of Rs 118 crore were denied due to several lacunae in the implementation of the Assembly Constituency Development Programme (CDP), the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pointed out on Thursday.
Huge amounts were locked up for long periods with the executing agencies, CAG said. Sanction of inadmissible works and overlapping works under different schemes were also noticed by the CAG.
The State government launched ACDP in April 2005 enabling MLAs to initiate development works within their constituencies. The scheme was implemented in the state during 2005-08 and was revived in 2010-11 after a gap of two years.
The amount under CDP was enhanced to Rs 1 crore per Assembly segment with effect from 2006-07.
CAG report said chief planning officers (CPOs) exercised no control over actual expenditure and were not in a position to monitor utilisation of funds and ensure return of unspent amounts by executing agencies. This also led to financial misreporting. There was inordinate delay of up to 36 months in sanctioning works after being recommended by the MLAs.
About 15 percent of works under ACDP, which were due for completion within nine months of sanction, remained incomplete as of March 2011, the report said.
Asset registers were not being maintained and assets created were not being handed over to the user agencies. Inspection of works, which is crucial to assessing compliance with rules and ensure quality, was neglected in three out of the four sampled districts, CAG said about the planning department.