BHUBANESWAR : In what could be termed as a major embarrassment, the performance of State Government in implementing Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has been quoted as dismal by a Centre introduced monitoring method during the last two financial years.
Against the target to construct rural roads of 6,373 km and 2,956 km during 2012-13 and 2013-14 financial years respectively under the Central sponsored scheme, the State Government has managed to complete only 2,401 km and 3,063 km, stated the Result Framework Document (RFD) of Rural Development Department.
The Department had conducted surveys for 95 bridge projects on rural development roads in 2012-13 and 64 in 2013-14. However, detailed project reports were prepared for only 79 and 76 (including the left out projects of the previous financial year) bridges in the two financial years respectively.
Administrative approval was given for construction of 68 bridges in 2012-13 and 76 in 2013-14. But the Department could complete 41 bridges in 2012-13 and 96 bridges (including incomplete projects of the previous financial year) in 2013-14, stated the RFD which was submitted to the Planning and Coordination (P&C) Department.
Similarly, the Department had targeted to construct 58 bridges on important panchayat samiti roads in 2012-13 and 93 in 2013-14. While 17 bridges were completed in 2012-13, 75 were constructed in 2013-14, the RFD stated.
The Centre introduced the RFD methodology in 2009-10 for performance monitoring and evaluation of Government Departments on a regular basis. In the first phase, Departments involving service orientation, welfare provision, human development and production of goods and services have been included.
All Government Departments have been asked to prepare RFDs highlighting their objectives and priorities for the financial year and achievements against pre-specified targets at the end of the year.