New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on Friday slammed the Union Environment Ministry for not properly using the money allotted under various environmental schemes in a majority of projects and for not achieving the targets.
The report, which was tabled in the Parliament, states that the Environment Ministry failed to implement its ambitious projects of afforestation, conservation of biodiversity, pollution control and spreading awareness among the people.
Blaming the Ministry for serious lapses the CAG report pointed out that the Botanical Survey of India has not met any of its target between 2000-2009.
As per the CAG report, only three percent projects sanctioned to NGOs were completed and 94 percent of wild life sanctuaries remained unexplored.
The CAG report added that 97% target to plant trees were not met.
The report also contain 37 specific recommendations, which according to CAG, will enable the executive to take corrective action as also frame policies and directives that will lead to improved environmental governance.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests, under the leadership of Jairam Ramesh, has been in the middle of many storms where its decisions to question various projects have been criticized from quarters and inside the government.
(With agency inputs)