PAC finds fault with monitoring of NRHM

Finding fault with the monitoring of the UPA`s flagship NRHM, PAC has said Mission Steering Group of the NRHM which was supposed to meet at least twice a year met only four time in four years.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 12:02 PM IST

New Delhi: Finding fault with the
monitoring of the UPA government`s flagship National Rural
Health Mission, the Public Accounts Committee has said Mission
Steering Group of the NRHM which was supposed to meet at least
twice a year met only four time in four years.

The committee has recommended a comprehensive central
electronic database for all districts which should be uploaded
state-wise for easy access by district planning teams while
implementing schemes under the National Rural Health Mission.
The committee, headed by senior BJP leader Murli
Manohar Joshi, has also observed that the Mission Steering
Group (MSG) of the NRHM, which was supposed to periodically
monitor the progress of the mission and meet twice a year has
met only four times in four years during 2005-09.

Further, delegation of powers to the MSG and Empowered
Programme Committee was subject to the condition that a
progress report regarding NRHM, would be placed before the
Cabinet on an annual basis.

The committee emphasised that the MSG should
invariably meet twice a year and the progress report on the
functioning of the mission must be placed before the cabinet
once a year as stipulated.
Further, a suitable format should be prescribed for
quarterly and annual reporting by smaller committees to the
MSG so as to make monitoring more effective and meaningful.

In another notable observation, the PAC said that the
per capita expenditure or allocation by the central government
under NRHM has increased by an average of merely 15 per cent
per annum in nominal terms since its inception as against the
targeted increase of up to 30 per cent by 2007-08 and by 40
per cent from 2009-10.

Audit examination also revealed that a large number of
health centres were functioning in unhygienic conditions due
to various infrastructural deficiencies. In many cases, the
centres were functioning in an unhygienic environment since
they were located in the close vicinity of garbage dumps,
cattle sheds, stagnant water bodies or polluting industries.

The checks also revealed that many of the health
centres lacked essential infrastructure like water supply and
storage tanks, the PAC report said.

PTI

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