Plan panel asks CAG to audit scheme for Naxal-hit areas
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Last Updated: Monday, May 30, 2011, 16:16
New Delhi: The Planning Commission has asked government auditor CAG to conduct a special audit of the Rs 3,300 crore plan for infrastructure development in the Naxal-affected districts.

In a communication sent to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) last week, the Plan panel has said the government auditor should ascertain whether the funds provided under the Central schemes have been properly utilised for development in the Naxal-hit areas.

"We are yet to decide on the special audit," a CAG official said adding in any case, it picks up districts at random for the field inspection.

The Centre had launched in December, an integrated action Plan (IAP) for infrastructural development in Naxal affected states. The Rs 3,300 crore action plan was to be spread out in 60 affected tribal and backward districts across nine states.

Several districts in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are adversely affected by Naxals.

The IAP scheme is over and above the existing Central plans for the states.

CAG pointed out the under-utilisation of government funds in several Naxal-hit districts in the past. There has not been much improvement in the efficacy of such schemes, the official said.

The IAP, to be implemented in two years, is intended to provide redressal to problems relating to healthcare, drinking water, education and roads.


First Published: Monday, May 30, 2011, 16:16

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