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UP: CAG report alleges mismanagement of NRHM funds

CAG has found financial mismanagement and irregularities in the implementation of the NRHM at almost every level in Uttar Pradesh.



Lucknow: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found gross financial mismanagement and irregularities in the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission at almost every level in Uttar Pradesh.

As per the CAG report for the year ended March 2011, which was tabled in the Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday, although the NRHM framework provided a well defined monitoring mechanism, it was virtually non-existent in the state.

"A difference of Rs 358.18 crore was noticed between the receipts of funds from the Government of India and that acknowledged by the State Health Society (SHS)," the report said.

Furthermore, it stated that Rs 1768.12 crore received through the treasury of the GOI was not shown in the accounts.

"Prescribed books of accounts for advances disbursed by the SHS and for expenditure of Rs 4938.74 crore were not maintained. Therefore correctness of such amounts booked along with outstanding advances of Rs 816.71 was not ensured," the report said.

The CAG also pointed that the Director General National Programme Monitoring and Evaluation (DGNPME) did not present documents to verify annual accounts of Rs 1277.06 crore for the period of 2005-07.

"Deficient accounting and loose financial control led to financial mismanagement with aggregate impact of Rs 396.63 crore," it said.

The irregularities include unauthorised diversion of Rs 45.02 crore, advance charged as final expenditure of Rs 32.81 crore and large scale cancellation of cheques (257 in State Programme Management Unit (SPMU) and DGNPME Rs 244.97 crore).

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